Welcome to Los Angeles and Orange County!

Santa Monica PierAre you new in town? Visiting? We are so glad you are here and looking to go swing dancing!  In my opinion, the LA/Orange County area has some of the best swing dance events in the country (or the world!)

The bad news is that the LA/Orange County area is vast, and public transportation is not that great (although that is slowly changing). You’ll probably need a car to get around, unless you happen to be staying near a swing venue (the highest concentration is in Pasadena for some reason).

I recommend reading this article first: The Most Reliable Swing Weekly Swing Venues.  This will tell you which venues almost always have lots of people to dance with, so you won’t need to bring a partner.

Next, check out the Lindy Map to see where there is swing dancing near you.

If you want to know which bands in L.A. draw the biggest crowd, check out this article.

Of course, you should take a look at the Lindy Calendar on the front page to see which events are happening during your visit.

Feel free to introduce yourself on the LA Lindy Hop Facebook Page or on the chat box on the front page of this site, and maybe see if you can bum a ride from a local swing dancer. Hope to see you out dancing! – Brian

p.s., for more information on fun things to do in LA, check out my other site!

10 thoughts on “Welcome to Los Angeles and Orange County!

  1. Hello,

    We are in need of 3 swing dancing couples for an old Hollywood theme event happening on Sept. 28th at night. Would you happen to have any dancers to refer? We are happy to pay each dancer $150 for 3 hours to just have fun.

    Appreciate any help in the right direction!

    1. Hi Alexis!
      My partner, Marshall Watson, and I would love to help with this event! We have both been dancing for 20+ years and teach locally. Let us know what information you need to make thus happen. We can also help get the other couples too!

    2. L.A. Swing Dance Posse is interested in performing for your event and can supply all 3 couples. We have choreography and routines set up and ready to go.

      We’ve replied to your email as well. Let us know if we can provide the entertainment for your event.

    3. Hiya, Alexis!
      Let’s make this happen! Swing for over 20 years here, choreographer, teacher…music videos and flash mobs, and lots of performances with Chester Whitmore. My dance partner Sarah Aisha and I are interested and available!
      The other couple in our dance team, The Flying Aces, is as well :-)
      Links below. ~Alec


  2. We will be there staying in Hollywood from Australia end of May
    Apart from rusty Wednesday , Erin Saturday and cicada club Saturday where are the best places to swing dance in LA
    Regards Colin & Wendy

    1. Hi Colin,


      Rusty’s and PBDA always have lots of dancers. I’d also recommend Lindygroove in Pasadena (you can take the train there from Hollywood I believe).

      For more of a nightclub experience, I’d recommend Pour Vous on Wednesdays (check the calendar for which Wednesdays), and Clifton’s on Fridays and Saturdays (dance floor is small but atmosphere is amazing). Cicada is a beautiful venue as well.

      For lots of great dancers and always good bands, check out Joe’s Bar on Mondays. More info here:

      The Most Reliable Swing Dance Venues in LA/OC


  3. Hello!

    We are some swing dancers from Chile that we’ll go to the LA Shag Festival in April and we’re staying for up to two weeks! And so, we’re looking on taking lessons and attend to your parties in the city, so we can take the most out of this trip. This lead me to the question, do you’ve any suggestions for hotels, inns, airbnb or any other staying options? Any tip are welcome.

    Best regards and thanks in advance.
    We hope to meet you all!

    Andrés P

    1. Hi Andres,

      Let me be the first to welcome you to Los Angeles (in advance)!

      During swing camps, I like to stay at the hotel that they’re being held at, in your case the Burbank Marriott.

      But afterwards, you should definitely stay at other parts of the city.

      I think Downtown LA is a really hip and up-and-coming area with lots of great bars and restaurants, as well as two of my favorite places to dance: Clifton’s and Lindy Loft. You can also take the train to Pasadena to dance at Lindygroove and other Swing dance venues. So, I’d recommend staying in Downtown LA for at least part of the time.

      Hollywood and the beach cities like Santa Monica and Venice are also really popular, but they don’t have a lot of Swing dance venues nearby.

      Check the calendar on the home page of site for the Swing dance events happening around town.

      Home – The Lindy Calendar

      For other dance ideas, try joining this group:

      For non-swing dance things to do, check out my other site:


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