LOS ANGELES EAST / PASADENA / WHITTIER

For some reason, Pasadena is a hotbed of swing dancing in Southern California, with the venerable PBDA, the popular Third Saturday Swing, and the biggest weekly swing event in the LA area, Lindy Groove. If you are into swing dancing, you’ll be coming to Pasadena often.


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 description.  The food is reasonably priced, mostly American. The wooden dance floor area holds about Continue Reading…



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 Barbara to dance at LindyGroove on a normal night. There are plenty of people to Continue Reading…


MEMORIES

This historic (1902) venue in the heart of downtown Whittier has a huge dance space upstairs and smaller one downstairs (usually only one has Swing dancing though). They have Swing dancing and lessons on Monday nights. There are usually some good dancers, along with some beginners from Biola and elsewhere. Music is good DJ’d music or live Continue Reading…


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 few advanced if the band is good. There is a wide variation of ages, from Continue Reading…


THIRD SATURDAY SWING

Third Saturday Swing

Third Saturday Swing is Back is one of the best places to find lots of Swing dance partners of all levels. You definitely don’t need to bring a partner. Ben and Sheri are prominent local dancers/instructors/competitors run this popular event with very good dancers, as well as beginners. They have a fun, creative style which permeates Continue Reading…



DO SOMETHING BLUE

If you are into Blues dancing, this monthly event in Pasadena the place to be at. I was skeptical about Blues at first, since I tend to like fast music, but the DJ’s here play some great blues music, and blues dancing is easy to learn compared to Lindy Hop (but not easy to master!) Continue Reading…