Strutter’s Ball

This is a popular Orange County venue usually featuring DJ’d music, but they sometimes have live bands. If you want to go dancing in Orange County on a Wednesday night, this is the place to be. Plenty of partners available,…

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Do Something Blue

Do Something Blue

If you are into Blues dancing, this monthly event in Pasadena the place to be at. As a swing dancer primarily, I was skeptical about Blues because I tend to like fast music, but the DJ’s here play some great…

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A Great Way to Publicize Your Swing Dance Event!

Dear Swing Dance Promoters, Instructors, Venue-Owners, and Band Leaders, SwingDance.LA is all about telling people about the best places to go swing dancing.  It is the most popular swing dance website in Los Angeles/Orange County, ranking number one in Google searches…

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The Best Local Bands to Swing Dance To

The California Feetwarmers at Union Station

Southern California has some great bands to swing dance to, from authentic 20’s and 30’s bands, to big bands, to jump blues and rockabilly bands.  We are spoiled!  Currently, it seems that 20’s/30’s Gypsy Jazz/Dixieland Jazz is all the rage…

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Gangnam Style Invades Swing Venues

Looks like they’ll be playing “Gangnam Style” at Lindy Groove! There’s no excuse not to learn it now – check out the step-by-step instructional video below!

LindyGroove Halloween 2009 Hits a Grand Slam

Lindy Groove Halloween 2009

If you weren’t at the 2009 Lindy Groove Haunted Halloween Ball, you missed a great party and some incredible costumes. People actually exceeded last year’s high standards in creativity and effort. It was a blast! Check out the photos below. –…

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Dancing with the Stars at Lindy Groove

On Monday, March 30th, 2009, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars featured a visit by David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson to Lindy Groove in Pasadena! The episode even included a Lindy Groove shout-out by David during the back room interviews!…

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No More Juke Joint at Paladino’s

Yet another beloved Los Angeles area swing venue will be no more at the end of summer 2009. Kim and Dave’s Juke Joint at Paladino’s Lounge hosted some of the best dancers in the early 2000’s. Dave Frutos is in…

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One Year Anniversary of LA Lindy Hop!

One year ago, I started LA LINDY HOP because my favorite LA/OC swing site, nocturne, had gone away after many years of service.. I started this site mainly because I wanted the swing info for myself, so I thought I…

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The Derby Closes Suddenly: The End of an Era

The Derby

Last Sunday, the manager of the Derby informed patrons that the Derby is closing its doors on January 31st. Next Sunday will be the last night of swing dancing at the world famous nightclub. Even he had only been told…

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Last Night at the Derby

The Derby

The Derby was ground zero for the swing resurgence that occurred in the late 90’s. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was the weekly house band (as can be seen in the movie, “Swingers”). During its heyday, there was a swing dancing…

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Types of Swing Dances

Here are some types of swing dances that you might have heard of: What is Swing? “Swing” is a term for a family of mostly partner dances originating from the Savoy Ballroom in the 1930’s. It is a street dance…

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Lindy Groove Halloween 2008 Starts a Tradition

The Lindy Groove 2008 Halloween ball had an impressive turnout of creative costumes. I’d say this is when Lindy Groove started to become the best swing event for Halloween. Amazingly, next year managed to top it. – Brian 11/1/2008

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