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WHAT SHOES SHOULD I WEAR TO GO SWING DANCING?

Whenever I invite my non-Swing friends to go Swing dancing, one of the most common questions they ask is, “what kind of shoes should I wear?”  I’ve interviewed my Swing dancing friends and drawn from personal experience and observations to provide some answers here. Using Your Existing Shoes If you’re going Swing dancing for the first Continue Reading…



A TRAGIC SITUATION – WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

On January 22nd, 2015, a woman in the Lindy Hop community on the East Coast (not in Los Angeles), created a blog which had only one entry. In it, she detailed how she was sexually assaulted by a prominent, nationally-known Swing dance instructor (who has taught and performed in LA before). She was only 18 Continue Reading…


SANTA MONICA PIER

Santa Monica Pier Swing dancing

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS MOVED TO DOWNTOWN CULVER CITY. DJ Fons plays dance favorites in a cement area just south of the Santa Monica Pier. Bring your own tunes and he’ll be happy to play them as well. There’s usually a mix of locals, and tourists who stumble upon the scene. The vibe is very Continue Reading…



WHAT’S WITH THE NEW LOOK?

LA Lindy Hop Indiana Jones theme

You may be surprised to find a completely new front-end design to LA Lindy Hop. Well, I wanted to try out a new WordPress framework, and LA Lindy Hop was a convenient guinea pig for me to try it out on. But aside from that, I had several other goals for the re-design. Goodbye Indiana Continue Reading…



TOP TWENTY TIPS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR FUN AT CAMP HOLLYWOOD

Camp Hollywood 2012

Camp Hollywood, the largest Swing dance weekend in Southern California, is coming on Friday September 1st, 2017 To the LAX Marriott Hotel!  All of the veteran Swing dancers will be there, but if you’re a beginner and you want to get better fast, this is the way to do it. There will be three days Continue Reading…


THE SWING TIMES JUNE 2014 – UPDATED

There have been a lot of interesting developments with L.A. Swing venues lately. Here’s a rundown. No More Joe’s on Tuesdays? – UPDATE! You have probably heard that Mark Tortorici is no longer promoting Swing bands at Joe’s Great American Bar and Grill on Tuesday nights, due to a dispute with the owner. He is searching Continue Reading…


LEARN BALBOA FROM THE BEST ON SATURDAY MAY 3RD!

Balboa has always been big in the Southern California Swing scene, but now it’s hotter than ever. It is perfectly suited for the fast tempos of the 20’s and 30’s bands that are so popular right now. On Saturday, May 3rd, two of the country’s finest Balboa instructors, Jeremy Otth and Laura Keat, are putting on Continue Reading…


THE LINDY LOFT’S “VINTAGE RHYTHM” NIGHT

I wasn’t able to make it to the Lindy Loft last Friday for Steven Mitchell with Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five, but judging by this video it was an epic night! Long-time local Swing dancer Vince Fry made this professional video of the night which I think really captures the spirit: During the dance, Continue Reading…


WE ARE A COMMUNITY

I recently met a psychologist at a social event and asked her, “what is the most frequent problem that people come to you with?”  She said, “depression and anxiety”, by far. Today, people are lonelier and more depressed than ever.  Community has become harder and harder to find and maintain.  We Swing dancers are so Continue Reading…


BREEZY KNEES

Breezy Knees photo by Jennifer Stockert

Photo by Jennifer Stockert. This event is no longer happening.  🙁 I have not been to the new location in Signal Hill yet, but the previous event was very well received.  As of this writing, all fifteen of the reviewers on Yelp gave it five stars, which is amazing! People have really good things to say Continue Reading…