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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.

BEGINNERS, READ THIS FIRST!

LindyGroove

Swing dancing is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding things I’ve discovered in my life. Maybe you were out and saw some swing dancers at a restaurant, bar, or other event. Or, maybe someone took you to a Swing venue and you want to learn more. Whatever the reason, you’d like to learn how to Continue Reading…


A SWING DANCER’S BUCKET LIST

Camp Hollywood 2013

Here is a bucket list for LA/OC Swing dancers. No, I haven’t done all of these, but I figure it’s a good list to strive for. How many have you done? Check the boxes and see your percentage below! You can check off a few of these items this weekend at Camp Hollywood! 1. Take Continue Reading…





THE LA/OC LINDY CALENDAR

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October 2018

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
 
1
Joe's Bar The California Feetwarmers @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
2
Harvard and Stone Harry Katz & the Pistachios 9PM band, swing dance contest at 10PM (BYOP)
Joe's Bar LIL MO AND THE DYNAFLOS!
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
3
Pour Vous California Feetwarmers! 10PM no cover but please buy drinks!
Downtown Disney Holly Street Stompers (roaming)
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
4
Joe's Bar Joe Finkle & the 7/10 Splits featuring John Hatton & Bernie Dresel
Lindy Groove DJs Kelly Young, Juan Cuadra, & Vicky Chan
5
The Mixx Pasadena TommyT and His Swing Knights Band 8PM
Cliftons Downtown La Bob Parins and His Pint-Sized Cocktail Orchestra - No cover but please buy drinks
Atomic Ballroom Irvine Big Bang DJ, lesson 7PM, dancing 8:30PM, blues upstairs 10PM to 1AM
6
Homestead Museum Ticket to the Twenties - FREE 3PM-7PM dancing to Dean Mora California Poppies and the Night Blooming Jazzmen and vintage fun!
Disney Fantasy Faire Side Street Swing Orchestra
Downtown Disney Holly Street Stompers (roaming)
Cliftons Downtown La Big Butter Jazz Band - No Cover before 10PM
PBDA Live Band
7
Homestead Museum Ticket to the Twenties - FREE 3PM-7PM dancing to Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys and vintage fun!
Joe's Bar 4:30pm - Live Chicago Blues w/ Rob Stone featuring Bill Bates Brad Hayman Steve Mugalian and special guest Claudia Lee
8
Joe's Bar Dave Stuckey & The Hot House Gang @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
Atomic Ballroom Fullerton Monday Lindy Hop Pratice 9PM $5
9
Harvard and Stone Harry Katz & the Pistachios 9PM band (BYOP)
Downtown Disney Holy Crow Jazz Band (roaming)
Downtown Disney Holly Street Stompers (roaming)
Joe's Bar The Moontones
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
10
Downtown Disney Holly Street Stompers (roaming)
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!
11
Joe's Bar THE BBB featuring Bernie Dresel
Lindy Groove DJs Jonathan Stout & Vicky Chan
12
Petroleum Club Long Beach Sylvia & the Rhythm Boys 7-9:30PM $10 cover
Joe's Bar Petunia & the Vipers
Atomic Ballroom Irvine 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
13
Holiday Inn Casting Call Lounge Crown City Bombers - 9PM-12:30AM No cover, but please buy drinks
Disney Fantasy Faire Phat Cat Swinger
Downtown Disney Holly Street Stompers (roaming)
Fairfax Farmers Market Dave Stuckey & The 4 Hoot Owls - 3PM-5PM, FREE on the West Patio
PBDA Live Band
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM no cover but please buy food or drink
The Blue Swing San Bernardino Swing 'n Blues with DJ Darcy 8PM-midnight
Blues Liberation Front DJ 9PM-1AM $8
14
Bixby Park Long Beach Dance in the Park DJ, lesson 1:30-2:15PM, dancing until 5PM FREE!
Joe's Bar The Deep Cuts
15
Lindy Hop Stop 8 Year Anniversary Dance with Crown City Bombers! 7PM lesson, 7:30-10PM band $15
Joe's Bar The Hi Fi Honeydrops @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
Atomic Ballroom Fullerton Monday Lindy Hop Pratice 9PM $5
16
Harvard and Stone Harry Katz & the Pistachios 9PM band (BYOP)
Wolf & Crane Little Tokyo Penny Matches w/Becky Lynn and Dave Stuckey! 9PM-midnight, small dance floor, call to confirm
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
17
Downtown Disney Holly Street Stompers (roaming)
Rusty's Rhythm Club The Moontones , 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
Pour Vous Swingtronic with DJ Professor Watson at 9PM and live band at 10PM, no cover but please buy drinks!
18
Joe's Bar Paulie Cerra
Lindy Groove DJ TBA
19
Atomic Ballroom Irvine 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
20
Disney Fantasy Faire Fresh Rhythm Big Band
NO Third Saturday Swing this week Dance is the 4th Saturday this month
Downtown Disney Allien Quinn & the Leapin' Lizards
Downtown Disney Holly Street Stompers (roaming)
Metro Pointe Costa Mesa Jumpin' Joz 6:30-9:30PM FREE!
PBDA Phat Cat Swinger $20.
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM no cover but please buy food or drink
21
SOHO Dance West LA Dave Stuckey & the Hot House Gang 7PM lesson, 7:30 dance, 8PM band $15
Joe's Bar 6pm - Jonny Whiteside presents The Messaround
22
Joe's Bar The Carl Sonny Leyland Quartet f/ Mara Kaye @Happy Feet Monday (Balboa) $6 minimum plus donation
Atomic Ballroom Fullerton Monday Lindy Hop Pratice 9PM $5
23
Harvard and Stone Harry Katz & the Pistachios 9PM band (BYOP)
Downtown Disney Holy Crow Jazz Band (roaming)
Joe's Bar The Blue Rhythm 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
24
Downtown Disney Holly Street Stompers (roaming)
Rusty's Rhythm Club The Fabulous Esquires HALLOWEEN DANCE, 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
25
Joe's Bar Halloween Kickoff Party w/ LIL MO & THE UNHOLY 4!
Lindy Groove LindyGroove Haunted Halloween Ball $400 Costume Contest
26
Downtown Disney The Alley Cats
Cicada Club Halloween Costume Partythe Fresh Rhythmhaunted Orchestra 8:30 PM ADVANCE DISCOUNT ADMISSION $27REGULAR PRICE $30 BYOP
Atomic Ballroom Irvine 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
27
Disney Fantasy Faire The Swing Cats Big Band
Third Saturday Swing is the 4th Saturday this month DJ, lesson, and Halloween Fun! 8PM-1AM
Downtown Disney Holly Street Stompers (roaming)
PBDA Our Annual halloween Costume Dance With Jonathan Stout & His Campus 5. (extra themed Fun Tonight, & Lots Of Prizes For The Best Costumes In T..
Cliftons Downtown La Live band 10PM-2AM no cover but please buy food or drink
The Blue Swing San Bernardino Swing 'n Blues with DJ Darcy 8PM-midnight
28
Original Mikes Santa Ana. James Intveld, the Moontones 1PM brunch $12 and up, costumes welcome
29
Joe's Bar Happy Feet Balboa Night - Live Band
Atomic Ballroom Fullerton Monday Lindy Hop Pratice 9PM $5
30
Harvard and Stone Harry Katz & the Pistachios 9PM band (BYOP)
Joe's Bar Aileen Quinn & the Leapin' Lizards
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
31 HALLOWEEN
Downtown Disney Holly Street Stompers
Joe's Bar Big Butter Jazz Band - Halloween Party!
Rusty's Rhythm Club Dark (Dance is Friday This Week)
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
   

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

The Atomic Roots Orchestra will be appearing at Hinano’s 15 Washington Blvd from 5:30 to 9:30pm Sat Oct 6th, 2018. Lets jump, swing, wiggle, waabaloo, like 1952 AM Radio, we got it, get down to Hinano and get it with us!!! We got the “Rockin’ Pneumonia” and summer time is here, time to Boogaloo! and all for you!!! Johnny, Job Scott, and Peter The ARO. O/G Rocket 88’sounds and plenty more! Friends and Fans Come out and Jump, Swing, and Rock with us. A good day to cool down with us at the beach! Special guest Steve F’dor on piano

John Apodaca says:

Come out and Lindyhop, East Coast Swing, Balboa and Shag to the music of the 1930s’ – 1950s’ at Bixby Park in Long Beach (101-149 Junipero Ave, Long Beach, CA 90803) on Sunday, October 14th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Bring a beach chair if you want to sit down but with such great music, why would you want to? We offer a free dance lesson from 1:30 – 2:15 PM and give out free water. Cost is 100% free. Vist our FB page https://www.facebook.com/DanceInTheParkLB/

identicon Brian says:

Hi John,

Thanks for posting! Added to the Lindy Calendar!

Best,
Brian

Bree says:

Hi Brian,

Is there an age limit to the beginning swing lesson on October 26th? Thank you.

identicon Brian says:

Hi Bree,

If you’re referring to the beginner lesson at Atomic Ballroom Irvine, I don’t think there is an age limit (within reason). Contact them to be sure though:
http://atomicballroom.com/contact-us-today.php

Brian

Christine says:

Hi SwingDanceLA,

I am fairly new to the community. I have been doing some research on Frank Manning and swing dancing. It is nice see the homage you have given him. Wow, what a great website, so many helpful resources. I love the communal atmosphere you have created and mirrored from the dance community. Thank you! I plan on attending the Lindy Groove Halloween Party. I hope to see you there?!

-cmc

identicon Brian says:

Hi Christine,

Thank you for your kind words, and I’m glad you like the site!

Yes, I highly recommend the Lindygroove Halloween Party! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it this year, but I’ll try!!!

Best,
Brian

Lindy Hop Stop is having their 8 YEAR ANNIVERSARY DANCE on October 15th! Great dancers, awesome dance floor, door prizes, free parking, and cheap drinks!

identicon Brian says:

Hi Teresa,

Thanks for posting! I updated the Lindy Calendar.

Best,
Brian

Alicia Thomason says:

Hi Brian,
I am looking for a few dancers perform and to dance with senior citizens at an event in Westwood. The date is Thursday, October 11th from 6-7 p.m.
Belmont Village Westwood
10475 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, 90024

identicon Brian says:

Hi Alicia,

Thanks for posting. Try also posting here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SwingDanceFriendsLA/

Best,
Brian

Pam says:

Hi!
I am so glad this site exists, thank you for all of the great information! I am a beginner/intermediate swing dancer coming to LA in November. Not only am I looking for a place to go dance, I would also like to find a studio that offers private lessons. I live in a rural area with no dancing resources and would like to improve. Any suggestions?
Thanks!

Steve Grody says:

Hi Pam,

There are many good teachers in L.A. Do you know where you will be staying? I’m located just north of Chinatown and would be happy to talk with you about what I offer.

Best,

Steve
213 625-0516

identicon Brian says:

Hi Pam,

This page has some instructors that offer lessons, both group and private, in the LA area:
https://www.swingdance.la/lessons/

Best,
Brian

Local swing dancer and musician Tommy Trujillo will be putting it down join him and dance the night away.

Swing, Swing and more Swing the morning away

The Jimmy McConnell Swing Big Band featuring the Legendary Barbara Morrison will be performing at The Mixx in Pasadena Sept. 29, 2018 from 8-11 pm., come ready to swing the night away.

identicon Brian says:

Hi Michelle,
Thanks for posting! Added to the Lindy Calendar.
Best,
Brian

John Apodaca says:

Come out to Dance in the Park, at Bixby Park Band shell in Long Beach this Sunday, September 23rd from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. We dance, Lindyhop, east cost swing, Balboa and collegiate shag. Free beginners dance lesson from 1:45 – 2:15 PM, then general dancing afterwards. 101-149 Junipero Ave, Long Beach, CA 90803.

identicon Brian says:

Hi John,
Thanks, added to the Lindy Calendar!
Best,
Brian

Jimmy McConnell and his Big Band featuring the Legendary Ms. Barbara Morrison will have you on your feet all night come on out an swing the night away.

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The Lindy Calendar is curated by Brian Shim and Juliann Budimir as a service to the LA/OC swing dance community. While we take great care to find and enter the information on the calendar, we do not guarantee its accuracy. Please check with the venues themselves by consulting their website or Facebook Page, or by calling them directly before traveling to an event. Please report errors in the comment section below. For a quick guide to which swing dance venue is best for you, check out this article.

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