Event Leaders

Rebecca and Sibby (left-to-right above) 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 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. If you have any catering questions – please take them directly to him!

Safety Team

Our Safety Team comprises Rebecca, Sibby, Kieran and Carla. If you have any concerns regarding your safety (or anyone elses) during the weekend then please bring it to the attention of one of these three – they will take time to listen to you and then determine the most appropriate course of action. Here’s a link to our Code of Conduct (if you need it).

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!