SWING NEWS ARCHIVES



THE CULVER HOTEL

The Culver Hotel

This is a wonderful vintage venue, but unfortunately they no longer host Swing dancing events (boooo!) The Culver Hotel opened in 1924, so the ambiance is fantastic for Swing dancing and Bal. After it was allowed to deteriorate in the 1950’s through the 90’s, it was renovated in 1997 to the state it is in today. You Continue Reading…


THE ONE BIG THING MISSING IN OUR SWING SCENE

Boston's Dirty Water Lindy Exchange

Here in Southern California, I believe we have one of the best Swing dance scenes in the world. We have tons of great dancers, awesome venues, and incredible bands. We have it all, right? But, after living on the East Coast for three and a half years, I believe that our scene is sorely lacking Continue Reading…


THE SWING TIMES AUGUST 2013

Here are some reviews and updates of random Swing happenings in Southern California! California Feetwarmers Bring Down the House at Happy Feet Monday at Joe’s Bar Wow, it was a great night of dancing and music at Joe’s Bar on Monday July 29th. The California Feetwarmers played a great mix of their usual fast tunes, Continue Reading…


SASSAFRAS SALOON

Sassafras Saloon

I think Sassafras is one of the coolest bars in L.A. I would describe it as a cross between the Edison and Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. Above the bar, bottles of wine (or other liquid) slowly orbit overhead on a conveyor system. The band plays not on a stage, but on a second Continue Reading…



KEY INFO FOR BATTLE OF THE BIG BANDS!

There have been several emails sent by Battle of the Big Bands with good info about the event. I’m re-posting them here for your convenience: Hello dancers – ===== ENTRY: ===== Due to the MASSIVE response to this event we are hoping you are all patient and understanding on Saturday upon arrival.  There are many Continue Reading…


RUSTY’S RHYTHM CLUB 15TH ANNIVERSARY!

This Friday, June 7th, will be Rusty’s “Quinceanera” 15th anniversary dance featuring the Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra!  Guest instructors will be Chris & Beth Grover! Chris & Beth will be teaching “Swing Transitions Lindy Styling” from 7:30-8:30PM for $5.  There will be a beginner swing lesson from 8-8:30PM. Admission to the dance is $15. Dancing Continue Reading…


THE RETURN OF ELECTRO SWING!

On Friday, June 7th, 2013 I attended Gatsby Electro Swing at Palihouse in West Hollywood and had an excellent time! The crowd was an eclectic mix of young Hollywood club-goers, Lindy regulars, and a few Steampunk guys with handlebar mustaches. The dance area was bigger than at previous Electroswing events, so there was always room Continue Reading…


THE BIGGEST THREAT TO SWING DANCING TODAY

Leftover Cuties at Casa del Mar

Some people have said that swing dancers are “cheap” because we don’t buy drinks when we go out. But that is not exactly true. It would be more accurate to say that swing dancers don’t require alcohol to have fun (unlike the general population which does require alcohol to have good time when they go Continue Reading…


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TAMI STEVENS ON PBDA’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY

On Saturday, May 25th, the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association will celebrate its 30th anniversary of swing classes and weekly dances! That’s an incredible run considering how many swing venues have come and gone over the years.  PBDA was around before most people had heard the term “Lindy Hop”, and well before the neo-swing revival in Continue Reading…


LEFTOVER CUTIES PLAYING AT CASA DEL MAR IN MAY!

My first exposure to the band, Leftover Cuties, was at a backyard swing party where I heard a song that seemed vaguely familiar.  When the chorus came, I realized it was Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”, but done with ukelele, acoustic drums and upright bass!  My friend, Amy, told me the band was “Leftover Cuties”.  After Continue Reading…


ON A PERSONAL NOTE…

Some of you know that I moved to Providence, RI a little over three years ago for work, and that I’ve been maintaining this site from afar.  Well, I am moving back to Santa Monica on April 20th, 2013. I wish it was under better circumstances.  I found out that my dad has colon cancer Continue Reading…