Swing Dance venues in the Bay Area


Lindy in the Park
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA

Sunday Night Swing
200 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610


Swing Central
Forester's Hall
1204 Middlefield Rd
Redwood City, CA 94063

Tuesday Night Jum2424 Mariposa St
San Francisco, CA 94110


Cat's Corner
2937 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Dancer's Den
2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Wednesday Night Hop
1160 N. Fair Oaks Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94089


920 Special
2460 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

200 Grand
200 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610


Ashkenaz (check website)
1317 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94703

Friday Night Swing
1500 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Ellington Hall
3535 Industrial Dr, Ste B4
Santa Rosa, CA 95403


Lindy on Sproul
UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza
near Telegraph Ave at Bancroft Way

Jitterbug Jump
Metronome Ballroom
(3rd & 4th Sat)
1830 17th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103


Social Dance Etiquette
by Dave Wong

From personal experience, and through reading various articles, here are my thoughts on proper etiquette on the social dance floor.

Be Polite

Since this is a social dance, it makes sense to be polite. Always ask a potential dance partner to dance. Do not yank, pull, drag or otherwise do anything that could well be considered harassment - a law-abiding citizen wouldn't normally do this to a stranger -- same thing applies at a dance venue.

You and your partner are really feeling the groove, the music swings so hard the two of you are practically oblivious to the world around you. Suddenly, WHAP! one of you bumps/steps on/crashes into another couple. What do you do?

Apologize. If you are a leader, you ultimately are responsible for where you place your partner, but as a couple, you should both be aware of your surroundings.


Now, we live in a society with lots of people, and it's always cool to make new friends. However, if someone does or says something to make you uncomfortable, please do let someone (like the dance organizers) know. Use common sense here.

Sitting Out a Dance

It's okay to refuse someone a dance because you're resting, or you dislike the song being played but you should refrain from dancing with someone else for that one song.

Refusing to Dance

On the same note, you have every right to refuse to dance with someone for whatever personal reasons you have. In that case, you have to option of being honest and tell him/her you don't want to dance with them. Let them know that, "No really means no."

Teaching on the Dance Floor

Don't do it! This is a social dance, and being social doesn't mean critiquing your partner's dancing abilities. If, however, the person doesn't know a thing and is willing to learn, the proper thing to do is to scoot on over to a corner, out of the way of other dancers, and give maybe a very small lesson. In any case, it may be best to refer them to your favorite instructor(s).


No aerials on the social dance floor. Aerials really are specialized choreography that the partners both need to know, and that requires a lot more space than is usually available on the social dance floor. In addition, performing aerials during social dancing greatly imperils the health and happiness of your fellow dancers. Think Jet Li doing a number on your head – that's what can happen.



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