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SWING DANCING IS BACK AT CLIFTON’S (PHEW!!)

Swing dancing at Clifton's

Swing dancing has returned to Clifton’s after a brief hiatus, to the relief of many Swing dancers. I waited for two consecutive weekends of Swing dancing there before publishing this, just to be sure it was true! Many Swing dancers, including me, enjoy Clifton’s because it offers Swing dancing in a night club atmosphere. It’s Continue Reading…



SWING DANCING HALTED AT CLIFTON’S FOR TWO WEEKS

Swing dancing at Clifton's

UPDATE 3/8/2019: It was announced on the Clifton’s Irregular Regulars page that Swing dancing is back at Clifton’s! Sailor Mike will be DJ-ing tonight with The Fabus Four featuring Natalie Mendoza playing tomorrow. Let’s hope it lasts! Original story below. – Brian It was announced on the Clifton’s Irregular Regulars Facebook group (a fan group Continue Reading…


ATOMIC BALLROOM FULLERTON GETS THE RUG PULLED OUT FROM UNDER THEM

Atomic Ballroom Fullerton

In a surprising and disappointing development, Shesha and Nikki Marvin announced yesterday that they are being forced to close the newly-opened ATOMIC Ballroom Fullerton effective today due to the landlord transitioning the lease to the CF Dance Academy, the children’s dance school on the third floor of the same building. ATOMIC Ballroom Fullerton opened just Continue Reading…


WEEKLY SWING MUSIC IS COMING TO THE CICADA CLUB IN 2019!

Jack's Cats at the Cicada Club

3/3/2019 UPDATE: The Cicada has been closed for a week for filming (something that occurs frequently there). Unfortunately, I don’t know the fate of the free Swing dance nights with Jack’s Cats after the filming. There seems to be some hesitation in re-starting them. Stay tuned for more information when I get it! – Brian Continue Reading…


LINDYGROOVE’S 2018 HAUNTED HALLOWEEN BALL: THE BEST ONE EVER?

Lindygroove's 2018 Haunted Halloween Ball

  On Thursday, October 25th, LindyGroove in Pasadena had its annual Haunted Halloween Ball and it was EPIC! Granted, LindyGroove’s Halloween parties are always good, with amazing decorations, good music, a huge turnout, and most of all, over-the-top incredible costumes. Last Year – A Bit Disappointing? In 2017, I felt that there weren’t as many Continue Reading…



ATOMIC BALLROOM FULLERTON OPENING IN AUGUST 2018

Atomic Ballroom Fullerton

In exciting news for the Orange County dance community, Shesha and Nikki Marvin, owners of Atomic Ballroom in Irvine, are opening an additional location in historic downtown Fullerton on August 1st 2018! The venue will be called Atomic Ballroom Fullerton. Previously at that location was Fullerton DanceSport Center. It was also the home of Inspiration Continue Reading…


SWINGTRONIC AT POUR VOUS TO TRY EARLIER START TIME AT 9PM

California Feetwarmers at Swingtronic at Pour Vous

Marshall Watson’s Swingtronic at Pour Vous is one of my favorite weekly swing dance events. The 1930’s Parisian decor, the great Gypsy-jazz bands, and the amazing dancers are why I love this event. They also have great drinks and crepes! The only problem for me and other dancers I’ve talked to, has been the late Continue Reading…


WHY YOU NEED TO LEARN HOW TO SWING DANCE IN 2018

Lindy Loft Swing dancing

Are you making any new year’s resolutions this year? Here are my top reasons why learning how to Swing dance should be at the top of your list in 2018. 1. It’s Insanely Fun What is your idea of a fun Friday or Saturday night? I guarantee that once you learn how to Swing dance Continue Reading…


THE BEST COLLEGIATE SHAG VIDEOS ON THE INTERNET

Live Collegiate Shag with Kendall Roderick

Shag (or “Collegiate Shag”) is a partner dance that is done by a good number of Swing dancers in Los Angeles and Orange County, usually to fast music from the 1920’s or 30’s. A little while ago, I saw a video on Facebook from an Instagram feed called Live.Collegiate.Shag. It was a short clip of Continue Reading…



FIND THE PERFECT DRESS FOR SWING DANCING AT LOCO LINDO

Loco Lindo dresses

Finding authentic clothing from the 1940’s is not easy: it can take a lot of time and the pickin’s can be slim. Plus, clothes that old can be fragile. So, I’ve asked local vintage fashion dress company, Loco Lindo, to talk about the vintage-inspired dresses they design and make for Swing dancers. This is not a paid article – Continue Reading…


MEMORIES CELEBRATES FIFTEEN YEARS IN UPTOWN WHITTIER!

Memories Dancing in Whittier

I still remember dancing at the original Memories in Anaheim, where some of the best dancers in Orange County and all of LA would show up every week!  I can’t believe that was over fifteen years ago!  Memories is now in charming uptown Whittier and celebrated their crystal anniversary with a Black and White Gala featuring Phat Continue Reading…


SWING DANCING ENDS AT SOHO DANCE LA

Swing Dancing at Soho Dance LA

Soho Dance LA, the “largest dance studio in West Los Angeles”, has ended its monthly Sunday Swing dance nights. The event’s organizer, David Stockin, canceled all future Swing dance events on Facebook last Monday, July 11th after their last Swing dance event with Barbara Morrison, citing poor attendance. The dance studio featured an immaculate 3000 Continue Reading…


LINDYGROOVE’S EPIC 15TH ANNIVERSARY DANCE DOESN’T DISAPPOINT

Lindygroove 15th Anniversary

On Thursday, June 30th, 2016, Lindygroove celebrated its 15th anniversary with a huge dance featuring Jonathan Stout & his Campus Five featuring Hilary Alexander plus the Grand Slam Sextet. Lindygroove is the largest weekly Swing dance event in Southern California (and perhaps the entire Western United States), happening every Thursday night at the historic 1926 Masonic Continue Reading…


BEE’S KNEES SPEAKEASY AND SWING DANCE

I have not been to this event, which usually takes place in south Orange County, but here’s a writeup from Alec Marken, host of the event: BEE’S KNEES SPEAKEASY & SWING DANCE featuring GOT THAT SWING!, hosted by the city of Mission Viejo!!! https://www.facebook.com/MissionViejoLife/ Made possible by the Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts https://www.facebook.com/MVFriendsoftheArts/ Continue Reading…


THE SWING DANCE COMMUNITY LOSES A BELOVED FRIEND

Amy in New Orleans

On Sunday, May 1st, we lost Amy Denissen, a beloved member of the LA/OC Swing dance community. This is the statement her family posted on her Facebook page: This morning, Amy – our beautiful daughter, sister and friend – is at peace with her loved ones in heaven after a six year journey with ovarian cancer. Continue Reading…


HOW WE GOT 10,000 PEOPLE INTERESTED IN OUR SWING DANCE EVENT

Culver City Swing Dancing

Let me tell you a story of something insane that happened. In 2014, I started helping my friend, Fons, promote his monthly outdoor Swing dancing at the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier. Basically I would create a Facebook event and maybe post some photos. Sometimes we’d have a decent turnout of dancers, but Continue Reading…


CLIFTON’S CAFETERIA – A MENAGERIE OF DELIGHTS

Clifton's Cafeteria

Clifton’s Cafeteria is a cafeteria, vintage bar, and kitschy “natural history museum” all rolled into one amazing multi-level building. It’s one of the last remaining vestiges of golden-age Los Angeles charm.