The Mayflower Club

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Last updated on: September 23rd, 2022
The Mayflower Club

The Mayflower Club is a British-American Social and Networking Club that was originally a gathering place for British expats, but is now open to everyone. It’s in a nondescript brick building in an uninteresting part of North Hollywood, on Victory Blvd. southwest of Burbank Airport. The wood-paneled interior reminds me of one of the Masonic Lodges that Swing dance events are so often held at.

But, none of that matters if the band is good and good dancers show up, and the Mayflower Club has been hosting some great evening events! Some bands booked there include the Crown City Bombers, Douglas Roegiers, Aileen Quinn, The Holy Crow Jazz Band, Luke Carlsen, and The Moontones.

In addition, Woody James 16-Piece Big Band plays most Friday afternoons from 1 to 3 PM. Cover is $10. Note, the afternoon performances don’t have a huge number of dancers; these are more for listening. Bring your own partner if you go to an afternoon performance and want to dance!

Most evening events are $20 or $15 for members. You can become a member by paying the membership fee ($35 as of this writing) at the door.


Quick Facts

When: Most Friday afternoons and some Friday and Sunday evenings
Cost: $10 for big band Friday afternoons, evening dances are usually $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. You can become a member by paying at the door. The online membership link doesn't work.
Crowd: Evening dances have hard-core Swing dancers, similar to crowd you used to see at Joe's Bar. 21 and over. Friday afternoon performances don't have a lot of dancers, so BYOP!
Dress: Vintage or casual
Floor: Smooth tile
Notes: Vaccination required
Website: The Mayflower Club
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11110 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606


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BenC
BenC
6 days ago

Maybe special events with a notable band are good for dancing, but the Friday afternoon slot, despite a nice band, don’t seem to have many people around, much less people interested in dancing. If you want a cheap opportunity to hear a good big band and just continue to absorb swing-era musical style (which is something crucial for dancers!), it’s definitely a great option. But I’m not sure I’d say the crowd is “hard core swing dancers.”