SwingDance.LA is all about where to go Swing Dancing in Los Angeles and Orange county.

Every city with a Swing dance scene has one geek who maintains “the calendar” of Swing events for that city. For Los Angeles, it is me.

SwingDance.LA is my contribution to the Southern California Swing dance community, which has given me so much. I want this site to promote Swing dancing and to be a positive influence on the local Swing dance community inspired by the ideals of Frankie Manning.

Friends of SwingDance.LA

I want to recognize a few selfless members of the L.A. Swing dance community who help curate events for this site and let me know when something needs to be added to the Lindy Calendar. These are Juliann Budimir, Jennifer Stockert, and Asi Lang.

About Me and This Site

I don’t really want this site to be about me. It’s about swing dancing. But, if you are curious about the person behind this, read on!

  • Who are you?
    I am a hard-core swing dancer from L.A. and Orange County.
  • What is the purpose of this site?
    To promote Swing dancing and provide the latest Swing dance information for Los Angeles and Orange County. Basically, this is the place to go to figure out the best places to go Swing dancing, and for beginners to learn about lessons.
  • What dances do you cover?
    Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing (sometimes called Jitterbug), Balboa, Shag, and Charleston. I also cover rockabilly, western swing, and some blues events because many swing dancers attend those events. I don’t cover West Coast Swing, ballroom, or Salsa events. I don’t cover events outside of LA/OC. I usually won’t put a swing music event on the calendar if there is no place to dance (such as a concert at the Disney Concert Hall or something like that). This is all to minimize clutter on the calendar, so that you can see at a glance where to go SWING DANCING in LA and Orange County.
  • What are your favorite venues?
    All of them are special and I want to promote swing dancing at ALL LA/Orange County venues on this website! I tend to like the ones with a more upscale nightclub atmosphere like Clifton’s, the Cicada Club, and Swingtronic. However, I also like our weekly events like Lindygroove, PBDA, Rusty’s Rhythm Club, and Atomic Ballroom! All are important to the swing scene.
  • When did you start Swing dancing?
    I started swing dancing in January 1998 during the neo-swing craze. The first swing club I went to was the Derby, and I took the lessons from Kim and Dave and later Erik and Sylvia. I attended a swing camp called “Monsters of Swing” in Ventura, and that’s when I really became a fanatic. The Monday morning after, I signed up for as many classes as I could find, driving all the way from the West Side to PBDA in Pasadena a couple of times a week. I went swing dancing four to five times a week, sometimes more (back when the Derby had a live swing band every night of the week). I went to a whole bunch of swing camps from Camp Hollywood to Swing Camp Catalina. I entered a few contests and made it to the semifinals at Jitterbug Jam 2001, at the Great Southwestern Swing-Off 2003, and in the top five at the Paseo Colorado Swing Contest in 2008. I’ve taught swing classes at the Derby and other events. But mostly I just like going swing dancing and meeting people!
  • Why did you start this site?
    One day in late July 2008, I went to my favorite swing website, nocturne.com, and found that it had been hacked and was down indefinitely! This had been the best source of swing dancing events info for Los Angeles. Since I couldn’t find a good alternative, I quickly started my own site and had it up and running the weekend before Camp Hollywood. Since I do this research for myself anyway, I figured I might as well post it for everyone. It has been a lot of fun!
  • What is the history of the site? (technical)
    • The site started as a pure HTML site in 2008 with a static calendar on the Home page.
    • In August 2010, I began work on version 2.0, completely revamping the site using Dreamweaver and a new server. I updated the color scheme with CSS styling, added a comment box where people can post events, added newsfeeds, put up a Google map showing all of the main swing venues in LA/OC, and added a Links page with links to swing teachers and bands. In
    • 2011, I re-wrote the calendar engine in PHP and JavaScript. The huge breakthrough was when I programmed the site to scan the venue websites and populate the calendar automatically every day, instead of having to do it manually (“screen scraping”). Now, scraped venues are always up to date (as long as the venue sites are up to date, that is).
    • In 2012, I added Facebook integration (later removed), and I  converted the site to a full custom WordPress site in December 2012.
    • In September 2014, I converted the site to a WordPress Foundation framework, utilizing the latest mobile design elements.
    • In February 2015, I changed the name of the site from LALindyHop.com to SwingDance.LA.
    • In 2018, I asked fellow Swing dancer Julianne Budimir to help with curating events for the Lindy Calendar and Facebook page, since she had been so good at finding events I’d missed.
    • In 2019, I switched to the Mitra theme.
    • In 2021, I moved all of the Venues to a custom post type, now fully within WordPress.
    • In 2022, I did a major revision, converting the Home page comments feed into a user-submitted Events feed. I overhauled Events so that each event now had its own custom post. I added tracking of visits and “likes” (interested dancers). I also migrated to the Kadence theme.
  • Do you get paid to write reviews and promote events?
    No, but sometimes I get free admission.  I recommend bands, venues, and events based on what I think swing dancers will enjoy.  I am not paid by venues or promoters to write endorsements or recommend events, other than sometimes getting on the guest list, which is much appreciated. I am not doing this to make money, but rather to give back. I get a tiny bit of income from the ads.
  • What else do you do?
    I am a web developer and blogger. I specialize in developing custom mobile-friendly WordPress sites.
    Check out some of my personal sites:
    DisableMyCable.com – a “how to” site about getting free hi-def TV.
    LADateIdeas – cool things to do in Los Angeles and Orange County!
    TheFrugalNoodle.com – my blog with household and money-saving tips.
    Webtricks – tips for web developers.
    I attend Pacific Crossroads Church in Santa Monica.

Thanks for visiting SwingDance.LA! Hope to see you dancing soon. – Brian

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Scott Pitzer
Scott Pitzer
1 year ago

Actually Old Towne Swing (Orange) is, nowadays, 7:00 Performance Troupe Practice/ 7:45 All-Levels Drop-In Lindy Lesson/ 8:30 Social Dance
(you can confirm with them if you want)

1 year ago

Is this a family friendly location? What would be the age limit? My father in laws birthday is next week and he enjoys Dancing with my mother in law swing dance. But they have grand children, we would be interested to know if it’s kids friendly. Thank you 🙏

Ron Rosen
Ron Rosen
1 year ago

Hi Brian: Erik Ekstrand is at the Moose in Burbank on Friday April 15, but it’s not on your calendar. Thanks

barbara rutkowski
barbara rutkowski
1 year ago

please remove me from your facebook page. we can no longer attend. thank you

2 years ago

Hi Brian!

Thank you so much for posting about The Original Famers Market! :https://www.swingdance.la/event/?db=4450

Just a quick amend request: The graphic in the post is outdated and doesn’t properly reflect the performances this weekend. Is it possible to switch out with the attached graphic instead? Thanks!

3 years ago

Hi Brian, Thank you for all the work you do to keep this calendar updated! We appreciate it. I’m not one of the organizers but I notice that your information on Las Hadas on Tuesdays needs updating. Johnny Vana passed away last year. Their regular singer Bill Jones has taken over as conductor and I think they are now called Big Band Alumni. The start time is also later 11:30am-1:30pm on Tuesdays. $15 cover and you will received a $5 discount off your food and/or drinks order. The other $10 covers band expenses. This Big Band has great musicians who used to perform with the original big bands plus some really great younger musicians. Bill’s voice is wonderful. It’s just hard to get there for most working folks, we take a day off and visit about once a quarter. BTW the lively seniors dancing there are inspirational. It proves that dancing keeps us young and joyful!! Regards, Karen

9 years ago

Hi Brian,
This is an amazing lifeline for me as a dancer, I can’t thank you enough for putting this work together and continuing it while living afar – wow, truly a work of love! The site is accurate and excellently developed. Thanks again!


9 years ago

I’ve been looking at this amazing site for the past year or so and I finally decided to read the “About” pages today. I was shocked to read that you were in Providence for a bit! I’m from LA but go to school in Providence (entering my final year in the fall) and am actually the President of the Brown Swing Club there, which has grown a lot more on campus the past year. I just thought it was a crazy coincidence and I wanted to give a shout out and say a thank you for all your great work on this site. I wish there was a site like this for the Northeast!

Thanks for everything!

Jeanette Fruta
Jeanette Fruta
10 years ago

Hi Brian,

It sounds like you may be the person who migh tbe able to help me. I have inherited 3 sets of Swing music. They are in excellent condition. I am looking to find someone who may be interested. Please contact me and I can give you more details on the sets.

thank you,

Jeanette Fruta
Jeanette Fruta
10 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Hi Brian,
Thank you for the recommendation. I will try it out.