Swing Club


News and Updates


UPDATE: Swing Practice Party Sunday Feb 28th, 4-7pm

Come dance with us!  Our friends from Sendai Swing Club are visiting again.  We'll be having a joint swing dance practice party on Sunday Feb 28th from 4-7pm in the OIST Village Center Meeting Room.  All are welcome!


Lindy Hop Classes Returning in January & February 2016!  Beginning Jan 12th @ 5:30pm

We are offering lindy hop classes this winter.  We will have a 3-week beginner lindy hop course in January, followed by a 3-week intermediate lindy hop course in February.  Here's the info:
What: Beginners Lindy Hop
When: Tuesdays Jan 12, 19, & 26.  5:30-6:30pm
Where: OIST Village Center Meeting Room  
What: Intermediate Lindy Hop
When: Tuesdays Feb 16, 23, & March 1.  5:30-6:30pm
Where: OIST Village Center Meeting Room 
As always, classes are free and no partner is necessary.  Bring indoor dance shoes or just dance in your socks.  For the beginners level no previous dance experience is necessary.  Please note, the intermediate class will not have a lot of review as we'll assume you already know basic lindy hop.  Therefore, if you'd like to take intermediate in Feb but would like a review beforehand we HIGHLY recommend that you come to the beginners course in January.  It's always good to go over the basics again!
Classes will start promptly at 5:30 as the meeting room is booked by others directly following our time slot.
All are welcome (from OIST or the local community)!  Contact oister.swing [at] gmail.com for more information.


Past Events (2015)

Balboa Workshop with special guest teachers Nammy & Shinji!  Feb 7 @ 6pm 

Back by popular demand...Nammy & Shinji are returning to Okinawa from Sendai to teach another beginners balboa dance workshop in the OIST Village Center Meeting Room.   Come give balboa a try!  Balboa is a great swing dance variation characterized by small steps that's also great for dancing to fast music.  See Events tab for more information.


Swing Party Event featuring the Ryukyu University's Modern Jazz Orchestra (MOJO) Feb 8 @ 6pm.  

We're throwing a Swing Party in the OIST Restaurant (Center Building, Level B).  The party will feature the music of Ryudai's MOJO band!  Come join us to dance to the live music, or just come to listen to some swingin' tunes!  All are welcome and the event is FREE.  This event is co-sponsored by our friends, the Sendai Swing Club.




The “OISTer Swing Club” has triple-stepped its way on to campus! With the recent discovery of hidden swing dancers amongst us and the local community, a new club has been formed to promote this fun and social dance. The club aims to spread the love of swing to novices and to organize opportunities for dancers to get together. 

Swing Dancing is a form of social, partner dance that grew out of Jazz and Big Band music in the United States. Swing Dancing was widely popular in the 1920s-50s and has resurfaced again, spreading all over the world. Today, welcoming communities of swing dancers exist in most major cities and we hope to bring this tradition to Onna-son! Swing dance includes variations like Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Jitterbug, and Charleston.

For a sense of fast, modern swing dancing looks like, check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myJj0mNNe1Y&list=RD02qkthxBsIeGQ.

And if you prefer something more grounded, something seemingly simple and playful, yet rich in musicality and artistic expression, here's Skye and Frida: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPHlFOyIlQA

If you would like to be a member (to get regular updates about club events; and to help us stay organized!), please sign up on the Membership Application tab on the left. Membership is free and open to everyone - OISTers, residents of Okinawa, as well as visitors. Even as a non-mmeber, please feel free to drop by to any of our events, and dance with us!

Weekly Dance Outings: 

Tuesday Night
Top Note club has reopened in a new location (2 Chome 8-10, Kume, Naha-shi, Okinawa 900-0033).  Please join us dancing to a live big bang, The Super Honkers,  most Tuesday evenings.  The band starts playing at 9pm.  The Super Honkers play every week and we try to make it down there as often as possible.  Email oister.swing [at] gmail.com for more information.    http://www.topnote.info


See 'Calendar' & 'Events' tab or email oister.swing [at] gmail.com for more info.