Swing Dance Lessons in Los Angeles and Orange County

Group lesson led by Dax Hock at the LIndy Loft before the monthly dance
Group lesson led by Dax Hock at the Lindy Loft before the monthly dance

Los Angeles and Orange County have some of the best swing instructors in the world. Many Swing venues offer beginner East Coast Swing classes before the main dancing starts. If you are interested in going further, you can enroll in a class series, usually held weekly. If you are really hardcore, arrange for a private lesson from some of the outstanding teachers below.

Venues with Beginner Lessons Before the Main Dance

These are good to get a quick, casual introduction to Swing dancing, usually East Coast Swing (although they sometimes teach Balboa). These are usually very beginner-friendly and non-intimidating if you just want to dabble in Swing dancing. As a bonus, you’ll get to practice what you’ve learned with other people in the class right after, which is invaluable!

Weekly Group Classes

To learn anything more than the basics, you’ll have to graduate from the beginner lessons at the beginning of the dances to something more substantial, like group series classes.  These are usually once a week.

  • Ashley Perretta (DTLA) was one of the instructors at Lindy Loft. She now offers group classes at DTLA Studios on Main.
  • Atomic Ballroom (Irvine and Fullerton) has various dance classes throughout the week. This is a great place to learn if you’re in Orange County.
  • DanceSportCA (Long Beach) currently offers swing at 7:30 PM with David Stockin. Check their website for the latest.
  • Downtown Dance & Movement (Downtown LA) teaches many forms of dance but has a weekly Swing dance class. Check their site for details.
  • It’s a Swing Thing (Torrance) Azman Awi offers weekly beginner and intermediate Lindy Hop classes in the South Bay.
  • LA Jitterbugs (North Hollywood) – These classes are by Steve Sayer and other good instructors. They teach Lindy and Collegiate Shag.
  • Lindy Groove (Pasadena) – Has the Lindy Academy lessons right before the main dance on Thursday.  Taught by Ben and Jasmine, two excellent local dancers/instructors.  Highly recommended!  Check out what they are teaching here!
  • OC Swing Dance Club (Irvine and Placentia) offers group classes throughout the week in Orange County.
  • Rusty’s Rhythm Club (El Segundo) has several weekly Swing/Lindy Hop class series for absolute beginners on up! Group Swing Dance/Lindy Hop Classes: Tuesday evening, Intermediate-Advanced with Rusty Frank & Ron Campbell, and Thursday evening, Beginners-Intermediate with Rusty Frank & Ted Stanley.   Every month,  a new Featured Class on Tuesdays, including Charleston, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, etc.  No partner needed! Come and join the fun.
  • Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (Pasadena) has large group classes in Pasadena. Non-intimidating, good for beginners and for meeting people. Lots of classes throughout the week. This is where I learned the basics (and so did many other Swing dancers).
  • SOHO Dance (West LA) currently offers advanced Swing at 3 PM and a beginner lesson at 3:45 PM every Sunday. Check their site for the latest.
  • Steve Sayer (Burbank) is one of the most popular Swing dance instructors right now. He offers weekly group lessons (as well as privates).
  • Third Street Dance (Mid-City LA) dance studio offering beginner group classes near the Beverly Center.
  • Time2Swing (Pomona) – Has weekly East Coast swing and Lindy classes.
  • UCLA has occasional Swing dance lessons. Email GlobalDanceClub@yahoo.com to get on their email list.

Swing Weekends (“Camps”)

If you want to quickly kick up your dancing a notch or two, in one weekend, you should go to a Swing camp.  These are dance “boot camps” packed with excellent classes, contests, and dances. You’ll learn not only from the classes, but also from sheer osmosis from all of the great dancers around you. These are also a ton of fun, and you’ll probably make a lot of new friends! Just rest up before going, because they are exhausting.

  • Cal Bal Classic (Pasadena) annual dance weekend in January focusing on Balboa. This always sells out so get your tickets early.
  • Camp Hollywood (Near LAX) happens once a year around the end of August. This is the largest Swing dance camp in Southern California. Highly recommended if you want to get good quickly and have a great time dancing till 4 AM!  Don’t miss it!
  • Inspiration Weekend (Fullerton) happens around the end of February and is packed with classes contests, and dances.  It always sells out, so register early!
  • LA Shag Festival (Burbank) This is a newer event focusing on Shag which happens in April. Organized by LA instructor Steve Sayer, I think this will be very popular.

Private Lessons

Okay, if you want to get really good, private lessons are the way to go.  These can improve your dancing in ways that group classes just can’t. Here is a listing of private instructors in the LA/OC area:

  • Allan Toribio (Whittier) is available for private lessons in Balboa and Lindy and teaches regularly on Mondays in Whittier.
  • Alec Marken (Orange County) offers private Swing dance lessons in the Laguna Hills area
  • Ashley Perretta (DTLA) was one of the teachers at Lindy Loft. She offers classes in Downtown LA as well as private lessons.
  • Atomic Ballroom (Irvine and Fullerton) offers private lessons in addition to group classes.
  • Azman Awi (Torrance) teaches in the South Bay but is looking to teach in the Valley area.
  • Ben And Sheri (Pasadena) are fun, popular dancers who offer group and private lessons.
  • Barbara and David (West Side, Long Beach) teach at Soho Swing and offer private lessons.
  • Dax and Sarah – (Downtown LA)  used to run the Lindy Loft in downtown Los Angeles.
  • Essex and Lee (Whittier) – East Coast Swing and Lindy lessons from Essex and Lee of Memories.
  • Jeremy Otth and Laura Keat – Two of my favorite dancers in So. Cal., specializing in authentic Lindy and Balboa. I have personally taken classes from them.
  • Nick Williams (Orange County) – An award-winning dancer from L.A. Great style and choreography.
  • Rusty Frank (West Side – El Segundo) – California Swing Dance Hall of Fame and award-winning dancer offers private as well as group lessons, from basics to choreography.
  • Shesha and Nikki Marvin (Orange County) – Award-winning dancers who run Atomic Ballroom in Orange County.
  • Steve Sayer (Burbank) popular instructor and award-winning dancer offers private lessons in addition to his weekly classes.
  • Time2Dance (Inland Empire) – The folks at Time2Dance also offer private lessons.


Dax and Sara’s Rhythm Juice offers a subscription to some great online videos and courses.

Instructors, please leave a comment below and I will be happy to add you to this list!

Classes to Avoid

Without naming names, I would avoid dance lessons from the well-known big dance class corporations. Swing is a street dance, and you’ll learn the most current and frequently-used moves from people who swing dance because they love it. 

All of the people and groups I’ve mentioned above have a passion for swing dancing. I see those people out dancing all of the time, and have taken lessons from many of them. They will teach you moves and styling that people are actually doing in the real world today.

Also, avoid taking Swing lessons from folks who don’t primarily teach Swing dancing, such as ballroom dance instructors and salsa teachers.  Those dances are fine, but if you want to learn authentic Swing, learn from a true Lindy Hopper. – Brian

Note: I don’t offer formal lessons. Please contact one of the professional instructors in the lists above for lessons!

35 thoughts on “Swing Dance Lessons in Los Angeles and Orange County

  1. Hi my name is Dayna and my husband Andy and I are interested in taking some lesson could you please reply with info on times places and prices for your private lesson

  2. Hi Brian and All,

    I’m a female beginner Lindy follow looking for a MALE lead teacher for private Lindy lessons (not a couple).
    I live in West LA.
    If anyone reads this and has a connection please reach out to me at swimcloser@gmail.com :)

    Thank you :)

    PS: I have reached out class leaders and others in the community before posting this message.

  3. Hello! Happy New Year! Is there anyone in the Ventura County area, or willing to come to Fillmore Ca 93015 to teach?

      1. Steve, Karine, and Chanzie teach LA style Boogie Woogie. It’s lower key and smoother than the European style.

  4. Oops…I’m trying to find beginner swing classes in the Studio City/Sherman Oaks area???

        1. The closest place I can think of that teaches Lindy near you would be Metro Swing in Pomona.

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