Camp Hollywood

West Side / Mid City
Last updated on: September 6th, 2022
Camp Hollywood

Camp Hollywood is the biggest and best annual Swing dance event in Southern California. Dancers and instructors come from around the world to attend this celebration of Swing dancing, Balboa, Blues, and more. The popularity of Camp Hollywood has not diminished over time, and a solid attendance is expected!

There are classes during the day and contests and dances at night, plus late-night dancing till the wee hours of the morning. There are three huge dance floors in the main room and an additional floor for blues in a separate room.  Seeing how late you can stay up dancing is part of the Camp Hollywood experience. The latest I’ve made it to is 4AM!


You can either do the whole package including classes or just do the dances. There are also contests that include Lindy, Shag, Balboa, Team, Mix ‘n Match (formerly known as Jack and Jill), in pro and amateur categories. They are really fun to watch but they require a separate entrance fee unless you have the full package. Don’t forget the Sunday pool party with live band, a Camp Hollywood tradition. Finally, you’ll find an amazing selection of vintage wear in the vendor rooms, so be sure to stop there.

I probably wouldn’t recommend Camp Hollywood for absolute beginners (unless you are very ambitious), but it’s great for intermediate through advanced dancers. If you do the classes, you will be utterly exhausted, but your dancing will improve tremendously.

Check out the Top Twenty Ways to Maximize Your Fun at Camp Hollywood! A tradition not to be missed at Camp Hollywood is the pool party with live band!

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there! – Brian

Here’s a contest from 2017, as an example of what to expect:

Quick Facts

When: Once a year Friday through Monday on Labor Day Weekend, all day and night long
Cost: $40-$45 for the dances, full weekend passes available for the classes
Crowd: Some intermediate and many advanced dancers from around the country and world; intimidating for beginners, plenty of partners, usually more follows than leads though. All-ages.
Dress: Formal or dress according to the night's (usually wacky) theme.
Floor: Great wooden dance floor is installed over the carpet
Notes: PROOF OF VACCINATION IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY!
Website: camphollywood.net
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