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LA Jitterbug at Madilyn Clark Studios

10852 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601

© 2019 L.A. Jitterbug 

WHAT WE DO

  • Weekly classes in North Hollywood. See schedule >>

  • Private classes & coaching. Get in touch >>

  • Choreograph and production Learn more >>

  • Competition teams. Learn more >>

  • Workshops & Festivals around the world. Follow us >>

  • Videos & performances. Check it out! >>

  • Wedding dances. Learn more >>

  • Go out social dance! Our favorite spots in LA >>

  • LA Shag Festival - Annual Collegiate Shag Weekender on April Visit website >>

STYLES

- Smooth Lindy  -

Most people have heard of Lindy Hop but did you know that Smooth Lindy (also known as Hollywood Style) is a style variation on the Lindy Hop. Dean Collins learned to dance the Lindy Hop at the Savoy, and developed his own personal style.  His own style was smoother and slower, and he brought that style to Los Angeles and Hollywood in the early 1930's. Dean Collins' style of swing, often called "Smooth Lindy," would be used in many of the movies in Hollywood, thus this style is also referred to as "Hollywood." Dean Collins' style of swing has also been referred to as "G.I. Lindy."

- Collegiate Shag  -

The Collegiate Shag (or "Shag") is a partner dance done primarily to uptempo swing and pre-swing jazz music (185-200+ beats per minute). It belongs to the swing family of American vernacular dances that arose in the 1920s and 30s. It is believed that the dance originated within the African American community of the Carolinas in the 1920s, later spreading across the United States during the 1930s. The shag is still danced today by swing dance enthusiasts worldwide.

- Boogie Woogie -

Boogie Woogie is an evolution of Lindy Hop, born at the end of the 20’s.  When Lindy Hop arrived in Europe after WWII, it evolved in different ways. Like Be Bop that had been born in Saint-Germain-des-prés Haunts, Boogie Woogie was a Europeanised version of Lindy Hop that strongly developed in Germany, its name coming from the music style that was very fashionable in those days Los Angeles also had their own style of Boogie Woogie in the 1950's involving fast footwork with a lot of hops and scoots added.

- Blues -

The Collegiate Shag (or "Shag") is a partner dance done primarily to uptempo swing and pre-swing jazz music (185-200+ beats per minute). It belongs to the swing family of American vernacular dances that arose in the 1920s and 30s. It is believed that the dance originated within the African American community of the Carolinas in the 1920s, later spreading across the United States during the 1930s. The shag is still danced today by swing dance enthusiasts worldwide.

- Solo -

Boogie Woogie is an evolution of Lindy Hop, born at the end of the 20’s.  When Lindy Hop arrived in Europe after WWII, it evolved in different ways. Like Be Bop that had been born in Saint-Germain-des-prés Haunts, Boogie Woogie was a Europeanised version of Lindy Hop that strongly developed in Germany, its name coming from the music style that was very fashionable in those days Los Angeles also had their own style of Boogie Woogie in the 1950's involving fast footwork with a lot of hops and scoots added.