My South Bay & L.A. Dancing Guide & Links.


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Alpine Inn   Debbie's Dance Classes   Elks Club - Redondo Beach   El Segundo Joslyn Center   Hacienda Hotel   Regency Ballroom   Stardance Studio   Swing 'n' Sway   Rusty's Rhythm Club   Hughes Social Dance Club   Videos  

USA-Dance, Los Angeles Chapter
Gib's Dance Step site

Ratings are based on danceability (is the dance floor big enough?), class, style, etiquette and character.
Lack of a rating indicates I haven't completed my assessment and/or feedback is pending.

Elks Club - Redondo Beach - 315 Esplanade, Redondo Beach, CA
6:30-7:30 PM, every Monday, $5 dance class.

7:30-9:30 PM, live music. 2nd, 4th and 5th Monday of the month come for the big band sounds of The Peninsulans Orchestra. 1st and 3rd Mondays, come see the Groovin' Easy swing band.

Meet nice people and learn of other events. Events listed in
Regency Ballroom. Lomita, CA
Wow, huge dance floor. Visit their website, for details on dances, location, lessons, dance parties and showcases.
Alpine Inn in Alpine Village - 833 Torrance Blvd. (near the 110), Torrance, CA
Dancing here varies throughout the year. MONDAYS feature a live orchestra and there is actually some room on the dance floor. You're likely to get in some Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba and various Swings. If you are serious about dancing, this is the night. Tuesday and Thursday are Country nights, mainly line dances. Wednesday is 50's 60's rock 'n' roll night but the bands may throw in some other stuff. Weekends are often DRUNKFEST. Music loud, conversation impossible. Bar drinks (including juices and non-alcoholic beverages) are tiny and overpriced. Bartenders grumble if you don't leave a huge tip for the $5.50 6 oz. glass of ice with 2 oz. of cranberry juice or the $6 bar drink. For a place this size, the dance floor is too small.
El Segundo Joslyn Center - 339 Sheldon St. El Segundo
Every Saturday from 7:00 -9:45. $2 admission - you can't go wrong. Light refreshments. Room to dance to a variety of ballroom tunes. You can hop over to the Hacienda afterwards if you want more time on the floor.
Please call (310) 322-3842 for more information.
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Hacienda Hotel - El Segundo
GREAT PLACE. Some of the very best dancers in the area. Tuesday and Thursday are West Coast Swing nights. Wednesday is Hustle. Friday, more WC Swing and a variety of other great dance music. Three dance floors with one being a practice area for those learning or expanding their skills. No cover. Some munchies provided. Reasonably priced beverages. The music is always at a volume that is easy to dance to but still allows you to have a conversation with your dance partner on the floor or at a table. Way too cool. If you take the art of dancing seriously, bring your Capezios cuz this place is hot. Call (310) 615-0015 X 4125 for more information or check the Hacienda Calendar.
Stardance Studio - 24705 Narbonne, Lomita CA 310-530-7511
Nice little Friday night dance spot for those who like to Tango, Waltz, Swing, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba or Salsa. $10 cover. A 1 hour dance lesson is available at 8:00 PM or just go at 9:00 for a few solid hours of dancing all of your favorite ballroom dances. Complementary food and refreshments. It's not too fancy but you sure can dancy. I just heard that they are under new management so maybe they will now answer the phone and update their website.
Swing and Sway Dance - Joslyn Center, Manhattan Beach
2nd Friday of every month, 08:00-11:00, $6 dollar cover charge. Music runs the gamut of ballroom and swing dances. Do some Lindy, West Coast, East Coast, Hop, Big Band, Country Two-Step, Cha Cha, Country Cha Cha and take a line dance lesson. A great venue to practice your ballroom and other dances.
Rusty's Rhythm Club - Playa Del Rey, CA
Wow. Great bands and great people who take their dancing seriously. Some of the wildest Lindy Swing around. This is hot and wild just like in the movies. Check out their website for more details.
Hughes Social Dance Club is now The South Bay Dance Club
South Bay Dance Club
Check their schedule as it changes. Located in El Segundo.
Recorded Dance Video Instruction
I've reviewed a LOT of dance video instruction.
These are the best for those who want to go beyond the basics.

Dance Lovers USA
I really like the 4 advanced videos I bought. Lots of great material. Even if you are already a great dancer I am sure you will learn some new steps and techniques. I was surprised at how much material was covered. DVD and VHS formats available.

Tango Federico - Argentine Tango
I found the first one in a record store in Pasadena. I had to immediately order the whole set.
If you love the sexiness of Argentine Tango, these videos are for you.
Third person narraration makes these videos stand out as some of the finest.

And don't forget your local library. Many libraries have beginner and basic dance videos that you can check out.

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