The Last Dance
Well, it has been a an exciting journey over the last 17 years since I launched Jitterbugs in March of 1998 upon my return from London, but the time has come to pass on the baton and make way for the other swing dance schools throughout the country to continue the journey. Jitterbugs will no longer be offering regular weekly classes.
We started in 1998, teaching regular classes out of the Ceroc Studio on Lorne Street. With a keen base of dancers and the help from some of my lindy hop friends from the UK, we established a core of dancers. From those early beginnings, we grew to our peak of having up to 8 x regular classes in various venues and with a team of passionate teachers to teach them.
With the initial assistance of teaching at workshops and encouragement from Jitterbugs, the Christchurch and Wellington scenes were established and we still keep those close connections today.
Jitterbugs set up the first lindy exchange in auckland in 2002 – ALX – bringing teachers from Singapore for the event and even had Gordon Webster attend the event as a dancer – although we did enjoy some of his piano playing during one of the breaks! We’ve been involved in choreography for movies, hip hop videos, teaching for 5 years in a row at Parachute Music Festival to thousands of young people at a time and involved in the Art Deco Weekend in Napier for the last 15 years.
It has been a blast and I thank you all for it. Thank you to all our teachers, performers, students and friends who continue to keep swing dance alive. I’ll be watching from the sidelines and will join in from time to time.
See you on a dance floor somewhere soon.
Michelle Stoupe, Founder