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FEATURED VIDEO - 09/21/2018

Rock ‘n Roll Swing Dancing in DON’T KNOCK THE ROCK 1956

I really like the energy in this 1956 clip from Don’t Knock the Rock featuring Bill Haley and the Comets performing Rip it Up. The only thing is, please don’t try these moves on the social dance floor! These are for jam circles and contests (and movies) only!

The dancers include include Freda Angela Wyckoff, Joe Lanza, Lou Southern and Gil & Nikki Brady.

TWENTY TIPS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR FUN AT CAMP HOLLYWOOD

Camp Hollywood 2012

Camp Hollywood, the largest Swing dance weekend in Southern California, is coming on Friday, August 31st, 2018 To the LAX Marriott Hotel!  All of the veteran Swing dancers will be there, but if you’re a beginner and you want to get better fast, this is the way to do it. There will be three days Continue Reading…


THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF SWING DANCING IN A SIX-MINUTE ROUTINE

The delightful routine performed by Andrew Thigpen and Karen Turman at the International Lindy Hop Championships in 2010 is chock full of homages to everything from Hellzapoppin, Buck Privates, Goovie Moovie, the Gap ad, bad East Coast swing dancers, to popular dancers within our swing community. It’s basically a six-minute history of swing dancing!





THE LA/OC LINDY CALENDAR

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September 2018

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
      
1
Camp Hollywood Jonathan Stout Orchestra 9PM-midnight Grand Slam Sextet 1AM-3AM $35- Flintstones theme
Cliftons Downtown La Holly Street Stompers 10PM-1AM $10 after 10PM 21 and over
Disney Fantasy Faire Side Street Swing Orchestra
PBDA Live Band
2
Huntington Beach Public Library Side Street Strutters Jazz Band 5-6:30PM, lesson 4:15PM FREE!
Camp Hollywood Jonathan Stout Orchestra 9PM-midnight Candy Jacket Jazz Band 1AM-3AM $35- A Bug's Life movie theme
Joe's Bar The CK All-stars
3
Camp Hollywood Michael Gamble's Rhythm Serenaders 9PM-midnight $25- Rainbows and Unicorns theme
Joe's Bar FREE! Geeks Who Drink Pub Trivia @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
Atomic Ballroom Fullerton Monday Lindy Hop Pratice 9PM $5
Lindy Hop Stop DJ or live band, lesson 7-7:30PM, dancing 7:30-10PM $7-$15
4
Joe's Bar Rip Masters
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Lindy and Balboa 8:30PM $8 DJ, $12 if band
Time2Dance Moreno Valley DJ with ECS lesson at 6:30PM, Lindy lesson 7:30PM, dance from 7:30-11PM $6
5
Strutter's Ball Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five feat. Hilary Alexander! Lesson at 7:45PM, Band 9PM $15
Pour Vous Holy Hog Butter Jazz Band 10PM-2AM no cover but please buy drinks, 21 and over
Metro Swing Pomona DJ, Lesson 7:30PM, Dancing 8:30 $5 cover
6
Joe's Bar THE BBB Album Release Show
Lindy Groove DJs Kelly Young, Juan Cuadra, Andrew Jose & Vicky Chan
7
atomic-ballroom Big Bang DJ, lesson 7PM, dancing 8:30PM, blues upstairs 10PM to 1AM
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM no cover but please buy food or drink
8
Disney Fantasy Faire Tim Gill's All Stars
Cliftons Downtown La Bob Parins and his Pint-Sized Cocktail Orchestra, 9PM lesson, 9:30 dancing $10 after 10PM
Joe's Bar Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys with Jimmy Dale & the Beltline
PBDA Live Band
The Blue Swing San Bernardino Swing 'n Blues with DJ Darcy 8PM-midnight
Blues Liberation Front DJ 9PM-1AM $8
9
Third Street Swingers At Tongva Park Outdoor swing dancing with DJ Fons 4:30-7:30PM FREE!
Original Mike's Santa Ana Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2-6PM $15 at door
The Wiltern Crown City Bombers and Lil Mo & The Dynaflos, lesson 7PM, dancing 8-11:30PM
Third Street Promenade Darrell's Potluck Dance 6-9PM Swing and other partner dancing on the promenade, FREE!
Bixby Park Long Beach Dance in the Park with DJ music from the 1930's-50's 1:45-5PM FREE!
Joe's Bar The Deep Cuts
10
Ford Theater Dave Stuckey & the Hot House Gang with lesson by Rusty Frank! 7PM-9PM FREE lesson and parking but reservations recommended
Joe's Bar The Mountaineer Cowboys @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
Atomic Ballroom Fullerton Monday Lindy Hop Pratice 9PM $5
11
Joe's Bar Atomic Roots Orchestra
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Lindy and Balboa 8:30PM $8 DJ, $12 if band
Time2Dance Moreno Valley DJ with ECS lesson at 6:30PM, Lindy lesson 7:30PM, dance from 7:30-11PM $6
12
Rusty's Rhythm Club Live Band, Beginner & Intermediate lessons 7:30-8PM
Strutter's Ball DJ, Lesson 7:45PM, Dancing 8:30-midnight,$10 or $15 if live band $2 discount for student/military
Metro Swing Pomona DJ, Lesson 7:30PM, Dancing 8:30 $5 cover
Pour Vous Swingtronic with DJ Professor Watson at 9PM and live band at 10PM, no cover but please buy drinks!
13
Joe's Bar Catfish & the Hollywood Hound Dogs w/ Anth Purdy
Lindy Groove DJs Shana Worel & Vicky Chan
14
Cliftons Downtown La Big Butter Jazz Band! 10PM-1AM no cover but please buy dinner or drinks!
atomic-ballroom Big Bang DJ, lesson 7PM, dancing 8:30PM, blues upstairs 10PM to 1AM
15
Santa Anita Park Vintage Vibe Festival - Noon-10PM - incl. Dustbowl Revival, Phat Cat Swinger, Lizzie and the Triggermen. 13 bands on 4 stages. $55 w discount $75-95 ..
Disney Fantasy Faire Dave Eastly's Swingtown
NO Third Saturday swing this week. Dance is the 4th Saturday this month DJ
Original Mike's Santa Ana Maureen & the Mercury 5 and Lil Mo and the Unholy 4 7:30PM $10 and up
PBDA Live Band
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM no cover but please buy food or drink
16
SOHO Dance West LA Barbara Morrison with Bobby Barron & his Swing Thing Band 7PM lesson 7:30PM dancing 8PM band $15
Joe's Bar 6pm - Jonny Whiteside presents The Messaround
17
Joe's Bar Hedgehog Swing @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
Atomic Ballroom Fullerton Monday Lindy Hop Pratice 9PM $5
Lindy Hop Stop DJ or live band, lesson 7-7:30PM, dancing 7:30-10PM $7-$15
18
Joe's Bar The Eric Ekstrand Ensemble
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Lindy and Balboa 8:30PM $8 DJ, $12 if band
Time2Dance Moreno Valley DJ with ECS lesson at 6:30PM, Lindy lesson 7:30PM, dance from 7:30-11PM $6
19
Rusty's Rhythm Club Live Band, Beginner & Intermediate lessons 7:30-8PM
Strutter's Ball DJ, Lesson 7:45PM, Dancing 8:30-midnight,$10 or $15 if live band $2 discount for student/military
Metro Swing Pomona DJ, Lesson 7:30PM, Dancing 8:30 $5 cover
Pour Vous Swingtronic with DJ Professor Watson at 9PM and live band at 10PM, no cover but please buy drinks!
20
Joe's Bar Slap - Album Release Party
Lindy Groove DJ Grace Babbes & Melissa Marzigliano
21
Long Beach Petroleum Club Sylvia & the Rhythm Boys Trio 7-9PM no cover but please buy drinks
Barkley Big Butter Jazz Band 9PM-1AM - No cover, but please buy food/drink.
atomic-ballroom Big Bang DJ, lesson 7PM, dancing 8:30PM, blues upstairs 10PM to 1AM
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM no cover but please buy food or drink
22
Third Saturday Swing On the 4th Sat. this month. DJ 8PM-1AM
Pasadena American Legion Post 13 Swing dance & karaoke night with swing lesson at 8PM, dancing until 11:45PM $10
Cliftons Downtown La Bon Bon Vivant 9PM-midnight $10 after 10PM
Disney Fantasy Faire The Swing Machine
Joe's Bar JAMES INTVELD & the Honky Tonk Palominos
PBDA Live Band
The Blue Swing San Bernardino Swing 'n Blues with DJ Darcy 8PM-midnight
23
Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round The Roaring 20s Street Jam 6-10PM - $35 Presale - $45 Regular - Dance to Dave Stuckey and DJ Dr. Nate, Cirque performers
Venice Beach Boardwalk Bon Bon Vivant busking! noon FREE!
Bixby Park Long Beach Dance in the Park (DJ) lesson 1:45 dancing 2:15-5PM FREE!
Paper Moon Vintage Anniversary Party 6PM-9PM California Feetwarmers & C.K. Farnsworth's Ice Cream! Get your Vintage Halloween costume 25 percent off!
Joe's Bar Woody Mankowski
24
Downtown Disney Phat Cat Swinger
Joe's Bar The Grand Slam Sextet @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
Atomic Ballroom Fullerton Monday Lindy Hop Pratice 9PM $5
25
Joe's Bar Doa Oxford
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Lindy and Balboa 8:30PM $8 DJ, $12 if band
Time2Dance Moreno Valley DJ with ECS lesson at 6:30PM, Lindy lesson 7:30PM, dance from 7:30-11PM $6
26
Rusty's Rhythm Club Five Got Rhythm , Beg and Intermediate lessons 7:30-8PM
Strutter's Ball DJ, Lesson 7:45PM, Dancing 8:30-midnight,$10 or $15 if live band $2 discount for student/military
Metro Swing Pomona DJ, Lesson 7:30PM, Dancing 8:30 $5 cover
27
Joe's Bar Work in Progress featuring Tita Hutchison
Lindy Groove DJs TBA
28
atomic-ballroom Big Bang DJ, lesson 7PM, dancing 8:30PM, blues upstairs 10PM to 1AM
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM no cover but please buy food or drink
Do Something Blue Blues DJ, lesson 8:30-9:15PM dancing till 1AM $10
29
Disney Fantasy Faire The Swing Cats Big Band
The Mixx Pasadena Jimmy McConnell Big Band w/Barbara Morrison 8-11PM
PBDA Flattop Tom & The Jumpcats $20.
Cicada Club Gary Greene, Esq.& His Big Band Of Barristers 8:30 PM ADVANCE DISCOUNT ADMISSION $25REGULAR PRICE $30 BYOP
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM no cover but please buy food or drink
30
Joe's Bar Morganfield Burnett & Da Blues
      

POST EVENTS, FLYERS, CORRECTIONS HERE!

If you know of a swing dance event that is not on the Lindy Calendar, please post a link below and we'll add it! Let us know about any corrections as well. Jump to comment form. - Brian

Reader Comments

Adam says:

Hi Brian,
The L.A. Swing Barons are at Clifton’s on December 10th! Thanks for all that you do!

Adam

Brian says:

HI Adam,

Thanks for letting me know. Getting schedule info for Clifton’s is a nightmare, so it’s good that you told me.

Best,
Brian

Adam says:

Clifton’s is cancelled for tonight. 🙁 If anyone needs a band, we’re ready to play, no charge!

Brian says:

HI Adam,

Wow, thanks for the notice. Is there a private party? Is it open at all?

Brian

Adam says:

I’m not 100% sure, but I think only the tiki lounge is open.

Jack Malmstrom says:

Very pleased to tell y’all of a very special event. Jack’s Cats will swing Long Beach’s beautiful streamline moderne Sky Room from 7 to 11PM on Friday Dec. 2nd with Special Guest vocalist JANET KLEIN!
Come for dinner, enjoy the bar, stay to dance! Whoopie!
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Brian says:

Thanks Jack! Added to the calendar.

Brian

Jack Malmstrom says:

Thank you & sorry to bother you on a holiday — this gig was a last minute addition to our schedule. Happy Thanksgiving!

Olivia Alegria says:

Quick correction: the dance at UCLA on November 28th (7pm-11:30pm) will actually be in Kerckhoff Hall Grand Salon, not in Ackerman Union. Swing Inc. will be playing starting at 9pm!

Brian says:

Thanks Olivia! I made the update.

Brian

Olivia Alegria says:

Thank you!

Dave Tonnesen says:

Hi Brian,
The Blue Swing in San Bernardino will be closed for the Holidays – Saturday the 26th of November and Saturdays the 24th and 31st of December. I’ve noted swingdance.la for our meetup and website viewers to get their holiday dance fix. Thanks as always Brian for helping us keep up to date with all things swing in LA.

Dancin’ Dave

Brian says:

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the updates and for mentioning my site! I’ve updated the calendar.

Best,
Brian

Ty says:

Jennifer Keith Sextet on December 1st and Phat Cat Swingers on December 29th at Edison Downtown LA.

Brian says:

Hi Ty,

Thanks! Will add to the calendar.

Best,
Brian

bmchoo says:

Strutter’s Thanksgiving dance is next week with Jonathan Stout & His Campus Five
https://www.facebook.com/events/1155595104531529/

Brian says:

Thanks for the head’s up! I’ve updated this event on the calendar. Should be good.

Best,
Brian

beeceeinla says:

again, late notice: Barbara Morrison is doing another fundraiser for Barry’ Kitchen this Saturday in Leimert Park at the future location of Barbara’s California Jazz & Blues Museum. She’ll be performing with the Swing Thing Band.

There will be 2 45 mnute sets from 4-6pm with plenty of room for dancing, though it’ll be on concrete like at the Edison. We’ll also be raffling off some Barry’s Kitchen/Jazz & Blues t-shirts.

More details can be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1651114458520131/

Brian says:

Thanks for the update! I have added the event to the calendar.

Best,
Brian

beeceeinla says:

Brian: something came up and the event is being rescheduled to the weekend of December 10-11th. When the date has been confirmed I will let you know. Thanks for your help.

Brian says:

Thanks for the update.

Brian

beeceeinla says:

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5th: BARBARA MORRISON will be performing at a benefit fundraiser at JOES in BURBANK from 4pm-6pm to help raise money for Barry’s Kitchen which is dedicated to helping the homeless in the greater Pasadena area. She will be doing two 45 minute sets, and we will be passing the bucket with an expected minimum donation of $10-15. For those of you on FB, you can get more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/228325610906170

Brian says:

Thanks, I added this to the Lindy Calendar!

Brian

Ty says:

Hi-Fi Honeydrops this Friday (10/14) and Phat Cat Swingers on Saturday (10/15) at Cliftons.

Brian says:

Thanks for the head’s up Ty! I added this to the calendar.

Brian

Dave Tonnesen says:

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Hey Inland Empire Swing Dancers,

The Blue Swing, in lovely San Bernardino, is having a Halloween Dance Party Saturday the 29th!

Facebook event page:

http://www.facebook.com/events/187455578353829/

Hope to see you there,
Dancin’ Dave

Brian says:

Hi Dave,

Thanks for posting this! I have added it to the Lindy Calendar.

Best,
Brian

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