The Barkley

The Barkley is a neighborhood restaurant in South Pasadena which recently started having some very good bands to Swing dance to.  Some people remarked that it feels kind of like a “slightly upscale Joe’s Bar”, which is a pretty good…

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Disneyland Fantasy Faire

Disney Fantasy Faire

There is Swing dancing inside the park every Saturday night at Fantasy Faire! Sometimes there is dancing at Tomorrowland Terrace as well. Here’s a look at the crowd: There is a dedicated group of Swing dancing regulars with season passes that…

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The Biggest Threat to Swing Dancing Today

Leftover Cuties at Casa del Mar

Some people have said that swing dancers are “cheap” because we don’t buy drinks when we go out. But that is not exactly true. It would be more accurate to say that swing dancers don’t require alcohol to have fun…

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Follows: Ten Tips to Get Leads to Ask You To Dance

Lindygroove

A while ago, I wrote an article entitled, The Top 10 Worst Things Leaders Do on the Social Dance Floor. This attracted lots of comments and discussion, which was great. Some follows asked for a similar article about the worst things follows…

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The Top Ten Swing Venues I Miss the Most

The Derby

I was on Facebook and saw people reminiscing about the beloved Derby nightclub.  I loved that place too.  That got me thinking about some of the other great swing venues we’ve had in Southern California and the great memories I…

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Joe’s Great American Bar and Grill

Joe's Bar

Neighborhood bar with an emphasis on live music, including roots, blues, swinging jazz, country, Americana. Happy Feet Mondays Monday features mostly faster Bal / Shag music from the 20’s and 30’s. Lorenzo’s “Happy Feet Mondays” has some of the best…

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LindyGroove

Lindygroove

This is the largest and most popular weekly Swing dance event in Southern California (and perhaps the whole country?). It is the place to go swing dancing on Thursday nights. People drive from as far away as San Diego and Santa…

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Swingtronic at Pour Vous

Swingtronic at Pour Vous

Don’t be misled by the plain white building across the street from Paramount Studios. When you walk into Pour Vous, you will be transported back in time to a turn-of-the-century Parisian cocktail lounge. On your right is a circular conversation…

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Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (PBDA)

Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association

The Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (PBDA) is a large, friendly, non-intimidating, family-run weekly event that has been going on for years. There are plenty of partners of varying skill levels. The people here are novice to intermediate dancers with a…

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The Cicada Club

The Cicada Club

The Cicada Club in downtown LA is one of my favorite vintage swing dance venues. You really feel like you’re going back in time when you enter this amazing Art Deco space, which has been featured on many movies and TV…

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The Edison

The Edison

This is one of the most incredible spaces in LA. Built in a renovated 1910’s era power generator station, The Edison has an Steampunk feel that transports you back to a time before fluorescent lights. They have DJ’d swing music…

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Rusty’s Rhythm Club

Rusty's Rhythm Club

This is one of the few weekly options for Swing dancing on the West side of L.A.   Rusty’s has been going on since 1998 and always features live music. Crowd is friendly with very wide range of age groups…

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Lindy Hop Stop

Lindy Hop Stop

If you are looking for a wide variety of fun music to dance to, then this is the place for you. Big band, rock and roll, jump blues and of course some Frank, Dean and Louis. Lindy Hop Stop has…

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Atomic Ballroom Irvine

Atomic Ballroom Irvine is one of the cornerstone swing dance venues of Orange County! This venue is attended by dancers of a variety of skill levels. On Tuesdays, there’s the Tuesday Night Sock Hope plus the Balboa Room, with lessons…

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Vintage-Style Clothing for Swing Dancing

Loco Lindo dresses

Want to dress vintage like the good dancers you see out?  Here are some resources to help you get that vintage swing dancer look.  Guys, stay away from loud Zoot Suits. That might work in some areas of the country but…

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