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FIND THE PERFECT DRESS FOR SWING DANCING AT LOCO LINDO

Loco Lindo dresses

This is the first in a new series of articles about clothing for Swing dancing. 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 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, 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…


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.


A SWING DANCER’S BUCKET LIST

Camp Hollywood 2013

Here is a bucket list for LA/OC Swing dancers. No, I haven’t done all of these, but I figure it’s a good list to strive for. How many have you done? Check the boxes and see your percentage below! You can check off a few of these items this weekend at Camp Hollywood! 1. Take Continue Reading…


MY TOP 10 SWING DANCE DATE IDEAS IN LOS ANGELES

Dustbowl Revival at MacArthur Park

Swing dancing is a great social activity when you’re single, but it can also be a really fun and classy date idea. Here are my top ten Swing dance date venues in the Los Angeles/Orange County area, starting with my all-time top pick: The Cicada Club! 1. The Cicada Club The Cicada Club is at the Continue Reading…


DON THE BEACHCOMBER

Don the Beachcomber

Don the Beachcomber is a huge Tiki-themed restaurant and bar in Huntington Beach with three stages. The promoters at B&B’s Musical Thrills want to make this a premiere Swing and Rockabilly dance destination, booking some of the finest bands like Petunia and the Vipers, Deke Dickerson, Dave Stuckey, and Big Sandy. As you enter Don the Beachcomber, make a left Continue Reading…


A NEW REVIVAL OF WESTERN SWING?

Sage from the Lucky Stars

I went to a few events recently that made me think about the popularity of Western Swing, and how the dance crowds seem to be getting bigger for bands of this genre compared to previous years. The first band I’m thinking of is Petunia and the Vipers. Although labeling Petunia as purely “Western Swing” would Continue Reading…


THE ONYX LOUNGE

The Onyx Lounge

UPDATE: There is no longer any dancing here unfortunately (from the California Feetwarmers FB Page): We will not be at the Onyx Lounge in downtown this Thursday, nor will we be there for the foreseeable future. Due to permit constraints and silly city regulations, bands and dancing aren’t allowed at the Onyx. Big thanks to Continue Reading…


DAVE STUCKEY PLAYS TO A PACKED HOUSE AT THE NEW LINDY LOFT!

Dave Stuckey and the Hot House Gang

On Friday, February 27th, the floor at Dax and Sarah’s Lindy Loft was crammed with dancers enjoying the sounds of Dave Stuckey and the Hot House Gang. I would describe the crowd as a mix of beginner/intermediate-level twenty-somethings, a few downtown L.A. hipsters, and a pretty large contingent of veteran Swing dancers who came to Continue Reading…


WHAT HAPPENED TO LA LINDY HOP?

LA Lindy Hop.com is now SwingDance.LA!  As much as I hate to mess with things, I had several reasons for the change. The main problem was that very few beginners and people off the street had the slightest clue what “Lindy Hop” was.  When I would tell non-Swing dancers about the site, they would often ask, Continue Reading…