Event Leaders


Sibby and Rebecca dreamed of hosting a boutique dance event in the picturesque South Island that would gather and inspire passionate Blues dancers from around Aotearoa (and beyond).

As experienced organisers within (and without) the swing dance community in NZ, Sibby and Rebecca are proud to present the second installment of the Karitane Blues Retreat. It is their hope that every participant will leave feeling refreshed and motivated to continue growing as dancers who build into the local Blues dance scene.



Kieran is our master caterer making sure everyone is fed and well watered. Dietary requirements are his speciality!

Safety Team

Our Safety Team will be announced prior to the event. If you have any concerns regarding your safety (or anyone elses) during the weekend then please bring it to the attention of one of this team – they will take time to listen to you and then determine the most appropriate course of action. Check out our Code of Conduct for more information on safety at the retreat.

This wouldn’t be possible without the partnership of Swing Riot Dunedin and the OUSA Vintage and Swing Society. Thank you for believing in the dream!