Places to Dance

Places to Dance in Southern California

Alpine Village, Torrance
833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA
Torrance offramp of the 110 Freeway.
Has a Big Band every Monday from 8-11 p.m.
2 drink minmum. (2 cokes will keep them happy) – No cover
Big front and back floor, Free Parking
Tel: (310) 323-6520 or possibly (310) 327-4384
Web Site:
Age: No Age Limit

The Arcadia Elks Lodge
27 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays
Don Gross Band
Cost: $6.00
Bob Aviles (626) 286-5063
singles & couples welcome

Atomic Ballroom
17961 Sky Park Circle STE. C, Irvine CA 92614
Tel: (714)423-2866

Ballroom is Back! Dance Studio
The Little Big Band, 10 piece band
12 Noon to 2PM, Cover: $6
Contact: Leo Cendejas or 714 593 5660

Be Bop Burgers — Occasional Dance events
111 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Tel: 805-966-1956
Web Site:

The Blue Cafe
210 Promenade, Long Beach, CA
Close to 3rd and Broadway
Occasional Swing Bands
(562) 983-7111
Age Limit: 21+

Bobby McGee’s, Brea
200 S. State College Blvd. (at Birch)
All the old timers meet on Sunday to dance Balboa
2nd and 4th Sundays, 4-8 pm
(714) 529-1998
Cost: Free
700 sq ft floor
(NOTE: Contact info from 8/97)

901 E. 1st St., Los Angeles CA 90012
occasionally, Recently revamped, formerly Little Pedro’s Blue Bongo. Tony Gower (FormerDerby Owner) owns it.
21 & over

Borderline Club
99 Rolling Oaks Thousand Oaks
Under 21 Welcome
Tel: Jay & Molly 805-382-0639

Cantina Catalina
Redondo Beach
(310) 791-5440

Club Caprice
1700 PCH Redondo Beach Ca.
Age: All Ages

D&D’s Dance Center & Swing Club (Riverside)
In the West Gate Plaza, 3724 La Sierra Ave, Riverside, CA 92505
(909) 352-0282
Swing Dancing – Saturdays 8pm – ’til you drop!

Dance Dimensions

The Dance Factory, DJ Swing Dance at Your Mom’s
5370 Katella Ave Los Alamitos, CA (Across the street from Costco)
Every Friday, 8:30pm free lesson, 9:00pm dancing starts
Mailing list:

The Derby (Sunday night)
4500 Los Feliz Drive, L.A.
(323) 663-8979
Web Site:
To be added to mailing list:
Age: 21+

Disneyland, Anaheim
at the Carnation plaza
Dancing Saturday night all year (with Live Band), Friday night during the summerseason.
Yearly passes are also available
Great place to dress up and show off for the tourists
Young Lindy crowd from the local area.
For more info on prices, call (714) 781-4560
Age: No Age Limit

Glendale Civic Auditorium
1401 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale
Bi-annual Big Band (PBDA – see below)
Age: No Age Limit

Goebel Center
1385 E. Janss Rd. Thousand Oaks Ca.
Lesson at 7pm & Open Dancing From 8-11pm on Second Saturday of the Month
Under 18 welcome.

Golden Sails Hotel “PCH Club”
6285 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach
Tel Recording: (562) 596-2332
Tel Hotel: (562) 596-1631
Every Sunday, 2 pm-7 pm
All Ages

The House of Blues, Sunset Strip
8430 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Tel: (323) 848-5100

Hyatt Westlake
880 South Westlake Boulevard, Westlake Village
lesson at 6 with general dancing until 10 – Sundays
Cover is $7
(805) 557-1234

Jamie and Gail Arias
All Ages

The Jango Room, 816 Pico Blvd (near Lincoln), Santa Monica, CA 90405
Friday night Swing Dancing, 9pm-2am, all ages, $8 or

Jitterbug Swing Society of Ventura
Monday’s Swing Practice Night, Lessons start at 7 pm
followed by practice dance from 9:20-11:00 PM
Ventura Elk’s Ballroom, Corner of Ash & Main
648-4390 or 653-1430

Jive Junction
Epicentre, 8450 Mira Mesa Blvd., SAN DIEGO
from 805 exit Mira Mesa Blvd East, from I-15 exit Mira Mesa Blvd Wes
Every Tuesday from 7pm to 11pm
DJ Doug spins swing, Beginning swing lessons also provided
Cost: $5
Tel: (858) 484-7716
Web Site:
All Ages

Joe’s Great American Bar & Grill (formerly Crazy Jack’s)
4311 W. Magnolia Blvd Burbank 91505 818-729-0805
Live Bands and DJ
21+ over

John Woodruff
8350 Foothill Blvd., Sunland, CA 91040
Tel: (818) 415-8935
Swing Class on Mondays
Practice Dance on Wed from 7-10 with free dance class ahead of time, DJ music

Jonathan & Sylvia
Santa Barbara
(805) 569-1952
Dance Hotline: (805) 569-2535

K.C.’s Club
140 W. Wilshire Ave, Fullerton, CA. 92838
Sunday Night Lindy Hop
Tel: 310-266-1962

Lake Alice Trading Company, Riverside
3616 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92501
Off the 91 Freeway. Cross street Orange St.
(909) 686-7343

Lake Avenue Church, Maple Street Building Gym
393 N. Lake Avenue, Corner of Lake Avenue and the 210 Freeway
Swing and Salsa Practice Dance every Thursday at 8 pm
right after the dance class taught by Stacey and Francisco
Only $5! (print out this ad from Margie’s page, and your first visit is *FREE!*)
Web Page:
Age: All Ages

LDS church in Cypress (on Orange Ave. between Moody and Walker)
Directions: From 91 freeway exit Carmenita heading south. Turn left on Orange Ave. Churchis on left hand side. 5151 Orange Ave. in Cypress
DJ Swing Music Every thursday night from 7:30-9:30
Email OR

Let’s Dance L.A.
216 E. Main, Alhambra

LI LI, Alhambra, CA

In the Grand Ballroom of the Historic 1928 Pasadena Masonic Temple
200 S. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101
Intermediate Lesson in Connection & Musicality with Doug Silton from 7:30 -8:00
Dancing 8:00 PM until midnight
DJ Music Thursday Nights

Love-to-Swing Speakeasy in Ventura
Ventura Elks Lodge Ballroom
11 South Ash St., Ventura, (corner of Main & Ash, downtown Ventura)
2nd & 4th Fridays
8:30, lesson, 9:00 Dancing
Cost is $10 (includes lesson & dance)

Madison Supper Club
Corner of 1st Street & Pine Ave. Downtown Longbeach, CA
Every Friday, 8:00-Midnight
Tel: (562) 628-8866

Maxwell’s at the Argyle is:
8358 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood

The Mayflower Ballroom
234 S Hindry Avenue, Inglewood (Cross street is Manchester)
Wednesday nights
7-11:30p with a $7 cover charge
Safe secure parking.
Tel: (310) 649-4255

12901 Philadelphia St. in Whittier
Web Site:
Web Site:
Dancing several nights a week — see website for details
Age: No Age Limit

Monsoon Restaurant
1212 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica CA 90401
Tel: 310-576-9996
Sundays, all ages, DJ’d Music

Muriel’s Supper Club
210 S. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-8839

Nicholby’s, Ventura
404 E. Main St, Ventura (corner of Main & Oak)
Dance Classes beforehand
Tuesdays they have swing dance lessons beforehand, Classes cost $5 (not a series — newmoves each time)
Times both nights: Beginners:7:00 pm, Regulars: 8:00 pm
DJ music goes until about 10:30 pm
Tel: (805) 653-2320
Age: 21+

Oasis Christian Fellowship, Redlands CA
Presented by Jacquie’s Swing Babies
The first and third Saturday of every month, 7pm
Cost: $2.50 per person or 4 bucks for a couple
Directions: Take the 10 East and get off at University St. Take a right, and anotherright at Citrus. Take another right at Redlands Blvd. Take another right at 7th St. It’sjust behind the Hatfield Buick dealership.

The Palace
1735 N. Vine Street, Hollywood
Contact: (213) 462-3000
Web Site:
Age: No age Limit

The Palladium (see also, The Swing Thing, below)
6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Entrance on Argyle St., one block east of Vine
Tel: 323-962-7600
occasional swing events, parking in lot or street
11,000 square foot oval dance floor
Age: Varies with event

22320 Barton Road, Grand Terrace (about 15 min from Riverside)
just two blocks off the 91 fwy
(909) 825-1620
Every Friday, Swing Lesson and then Live Band
Cost: $10 entry fee.
Age: No Age Limit

Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (PBDA)
Web Page:
Fellowship Hall
977 E. Walnut, Pasadena (in back of Lutheran Church)
(626) 799-5689
Age: No age limit

PCH Club — See Golden Sails Above

People Who Dance
Borderline Club, 99 Rolling Oaks Thousand Oaks
Call Jay & Molly @ 805-382-0639
Wed. 9-12am Open Dancing, Lessons beforehand
All Ages

Pig and Whistle
6714 Hollywood Blvd
Tel: 323-463-0000

The Rhythm Club
Every Wednesday Night, Playa Del Rey.
8:00-11:30pm Dance! Dance! Dance! to dj’d /live music
(alternating weeks, check calendar:
Cover: $7.00/dj $12/live music – All ages! – 2,800 sqaure foot dance floor!
(7:30-8:00pm Swing Dance Lesson with Rusty & Her Rhythm Pals first Wednesday of everymonth)
Elks Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Avenue, Playa Del Rey, CA.
Plenty of parking! (park and enter through back)
info: Rusty – Swing Shift 310 606 5606

Shall We Dance? (SWD?)
offers gay and lesbian ballroom dances
anyone can choose to lead or follow regardless of gender
You don’t have to be gay to attend, just open-minded, and she welcomes heterosexualcouples where, for instance, the woman might choose to lead and the gent tofollow.
They have dance parties once a month and a New Year’s Eve dance
Tel: 909-861-1122

South Bay Swing Dance Club (SBSDC)
Instructors: Chistopher Joe and Lisa Cortez Schaupp
Group/Private Instruction: Lindy Hop, East Coast, Jitterbug Shag, Balboa, andothers
Monthly Dances: “Swing Dance Bash” on Saturday Nights, Call for date or checkwebsite.
SBSDC also manages the “Swing Cats” Dance Team
Telephone: 310-370-4777

Swing Heaven
Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park, 1200 N. Vista, West Hollywood
(Parking in huge, free adjacent lot on Martel Street.)

Swing Rocks The House
Jitterbug Swing Society’s monthly swing dance every second Friday of the month
The House of Dance, 3007 Bunsen Ave, Suite E, Ventura
All ages

The Swing Thing
Putting on quality events at the Hollywood Palladium (see above for Palladium info)

“Swing Time Dance Club” at Desert Stars (DJ Music)
42116 50th Street West, Unit E, Quartz Hill, CA
(The city Quartz Hill is in California, adjacent to Palmdale and Lancaster)
(661) 722-5773
contact either Melody at, or Michelle at
Entrance in Rear, Cost: $5
Swing Dance Classes by Jeff Dillehunt, at 5:00 and 6:00 PM
$8 per person, $12 per couple, Attendees receive half off the cover.
Saturday Night, 7:30 – 11:00 PM
Age: All Ages

Taylor Hall
on the corner of Scripps and Indian Hill (north of Foothill Blvd.), Claremont
A ballroom dance (swing, latin, waltz, foxtrot, nightclub two-step) is held on the fourthFriday of every month with DJ music
Call Debbie Koslovich, (909) 989-2107, for more info

Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica (OUTDOOR venue) Every other Sunday afternoon(twice a month)
primary location is near Barnes & Noble and alternate location is near Starbucks,from 4:00 – 8:00pm.
They are a large group (300 plus Members) of Lindy Hoppers and Jitterbuggers (called the”3rd Street Swingers”) who are motivated to assemble together just to dance for the fun,to entertain, for the camaraderie, and to introduce Swing Dancing to the general public,visitors, and tourists. To join, you must provide some personal information, and pay aone time $5 Membership Fee for the calendar year.
For more detailed info contact Joseph at
or Joshua at
Age: No Age Limit

Tia Juana’s
14988 Sand Canyon Irvine, CA 92612
Free Swing Lesson at 8:30 Open Swing Dancing at 9:00 P.M.
18 and over please

Tio Leo’s Restaurant in Bay Park
Tom & Maura, tomaura@juno.complay all types of dance music onTuesdays, (6:30 – 9:30)

The Viper Room, (310) 358-1880
Occasional Swing Events
Age: 21+

The Villa Ballroom at Paul’s Italian Villa
Big Band Swing Night, 3rd Friday Of Each Month
2585-I Cochran St (upper level), Simi Valley CA, 93065
805-526-5360 805-526-5404
Reservations Only

Warner Center Marriott Hotel
21850 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills
For ordering Pierce College event tickets, or for info, contact:
Pierce College, Athletic Department
6201 Winetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91371
Attn: Mac MacDonald, (818) 704-9725
Age: No Age Limit

Woodley Lakes (Golf Course) Restaurant 6331 Woodley Ave. Van Nuys
Big Band Alumni on Tuesday Mornings, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Tel: 818-781-4900

Yucatan Restaruant (Santa Barbara)
1117 State St. Santa Barbara
Occasional events
Age: No age limit