Akira Chiwaki Memorial – Sunday April 13

I’m writing with some sad news. Akira Chiwaki, a local swing dancer, died last week. Akira had been dancing swing since 1999 and went out to various venues on a regular basis.

There will be a memorial service on Sunday, April 13 from 2-3pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley
1 Lawson Rd, Kensington, CA 94707
in the Sanctuary

Also, I’m collecting remembrances of Akira from dancers to give to his family. If you knew him, please take a moment to write something you appreciated about him, or maybe a memory/story you have of him.

Please send your appreciations/remembrances to Brandee@CuriosityInMotion.com by Friday April 11th.

Do spread the word to any other dancers who may have known and enjoyed dancing with this sweet man.

Swingin’ At the Rack – 1yr Anniversary March 27, 2014

Swingin At The Rack, a weekly retro swing dance party in Fremont, will be celebrating it’s One Year Anniversary on Thursday, March 27 at 7:00pm!!

The California Honeydrops & The Boilermaker Jazz Band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania featuring Clint Baker will play live for the very first time in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We will start off with Dance Lessons at 7:30pm. There will be Special Dance Performances throughout the evening and special guest DJ’s spinning your favorite swing tunes between sets.

Watch the Birdee, a unique open air photo booth will be on site and provide amazing photos at the click of a button. It is an exciting and unique photographic experience where they take the traditional photo booth to the next level of fun! You get to be in control of capturing the magical moments at Swingin At The Rack’s “One Year Anniversary.” www.watchthebirdee.com

Plus, FREE food, snacks and desserts all night long, three dance floors to choose from, mechanical bull riding and Now & Then swing dance clips all night long on the 5 big screens throughout the venue!!!


Doors Open at 7:00pm
Bands Start at 8:00pm til Midnight


Saddle Rack (Swingin At The Rack)
42011 Boscell Rd.
Fremont, California

21 & over

Feb 22, 2014: Dips ‘n’ Tricks

Dips n’ Tricks in Two Weeks!

Nothing but 2 hours full of Dips, Tricks, Slides, and other non-aerial flashy swing dance steps…more than you can shake a swingin’ stick at!

Whether it’s Lindy Hop, Rockabilly Jiving, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, or just some kind of show offy partnered performance dance art, you and your pard will dig it!

Brought to you by the Bay Area’s resident specifically retro-teen lindy dance duo, Mike Quebec and Diana Mo, this workshop runs at the nice price of $10 per person/$20 per couple if you two rsvp in advance, before February 22. ($15 per person, $30 per couple on the day of.)

Also, stay tuned to this page, as we’ll have a demo dvd of some of what we’ll be teaching.

And…don’t forget, later that night, Handsome Hawk Valentine is having his rockabilly show in San Francisco, so after our workshop, try out the moves for real over there!

Saturday, February 22, 2014
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Flips n’ Flops Gymnastics
5327 Jacuzzi Street
Suite 3-1
Richmond, CA

Check out our Facebook page, complete with videos of some of what we’ll be teaching!


The Lyratones At The Saddle Rack

The Lyratones At The Saddle Rack This Thursday Night, January 9.

The Big Band sounds of The Lyratones keep swing alive in the Fremont Area this Thursday night! For those who love to swing it smooth, this Thursday night at the Saddle Rack is definitely the place to be! They have the perfect rhythms for lindy hoppers, bal dancers, shaggers, and just swingers who want music that makes you want to dance!

For those who want to brush up on their steps before the open dancing, Johnny Lee and Shannon Warf teach the beginning drop in East Coast Swing lesson, while Margot and Richard teach the extra Balboa drop in classes.

After the lesson, our dee-jays spin a variety of Jazz, Big Band, Jump Blues, Boogie Woogie, Western Swing, Do Wop, Rockabilly, and Electro Swing…and of course, there’s always a LIVE Band!

This week’s dee-jay is our hoppin’ host himself, Johnny Blue Jeans!

Swingin’ At The Rack is the perfect way to meet new people and let loose on the dance floor. It’s also a great way for couples to spend an enjoyable night out.

Also, we will now be networking with Fremont’s ’50′s Diner on Fremont Boulevard! We’ll keep you all updated as to that, but once it’s all set, order a meal there and get a FREE PASS to Swingin’ At The Rack!

The Saddle Rack is located at 42011 Boscell Road, Fremont, CA

Doors open at 7 pm and close at 12:30 am.

Only $5 per person for the drop in lesson with Johnny and Shannon and the Open Dancing. Beginning swing dance lessons with Johnny and Shannon start at 7:30 p.m.

$10 additional for the 8 p.m. Drop In Balboa lesson with Margot and Richard on the second dance floor.

Open Dancing to Dee-Jay Johnny Blue Jeans and The Lyratones is at 9:00 p.m.

Dancing goes til Midnight with food and snacks provided!

Visit The Lyratones at their site at: http://www.lyratones.com/

Visit Swingin’ At The Rack’s site at: http://jslick7.wix.com/swinginattherack

Visit Swingin’ At The Rack on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SwinginAtTheRack

Rosie the Riveter 1940′s USO Dance – Oct 14

Tribute to Lena Horne

Friday, October 14, 2011, 7pm to 10pm

Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
(the Old Ford Assembly Plant, at the end of Harbour Way South. Directions)


FREE coffee and donuts
Cash Bar and Food Concessions Available
Period Attire Welcome

Advanced Tickets:
$20 Per Guest ~ $15 for Seniors*
Anyone in a uniform or with a military ID past or present is FREE. Buy your tickets online here or call 510-234-3512.
Admission at the door (if space available): $25 Per Guest ~ $20 for Seniors*

Click for more info, or to purchase advanced tickets.

Big Band Era Dance Party – Sep 24th

Big Band Era Dance Party

Saturday, September 24, 2011

1 pm – 5 pm

$15 advance by 6-5-11 $20 at the door

1920-s to 1950’s dress admired but not required

Beer and wine at no-host bar.

Tickets 510-436-9888 More

Info? 925-705-4902

2500 Embarcadero, Oakland




Performance by DecoBelles

Beg-Int EC Swing Lesson 1-2pm with Karen and Michael

Jane Barnes 2-5pm Dance Party MoodSwing Orchestra

Old School Night @ 920 Special Sept 22nd

Old School Night @ The 9:20 Special w/ DJs Jesse & Manu on September 22.

For all of you old school dancers who don’t come out anymore and you new school dancers keeping Lindy Hop alive, let’s swing it like it’s 1999.

Come join us for a great night of dancing and hanging out at the 9:20 Special on Thursday, September 22nd.

DJs Jesse Miner and Manu Smith will be spinning the night away.

Get ready for some classics.

You might be Old School SF if:

You can name the Three Amigos

Hush Puppies were really trendy for the regular world but you just wore them for dancing

Took your first class from Johnny & Carrie, or from a guy wearing a snake around his neck

You danced at LitP on the bandshell, in the rain (and one time, in the snow)

You started rock climbing after trying it during the exchange party at Mission Cliffs

You danced with someone wearing roller skates

You remember when hula lindy referred to using a hoop

You wore bleyers or blochs

You’ve been in or at the Dog House Talent Show

You were Live at the 9:20 Special for Barbara Morrison

Dancers’ Den – Open House 9/7

Are you ready for a night of Free Swing Dance Lessons and Social Dancing?!

Come by yourself or bring some friends with you for this amazing night full of prizes and performances! This is a great opportunity for people who are interested in learning about swing dancing, and there’s something for everyone:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Free Beginner Lesson
8:00 pm – 10:45 pm: Free Social Dancing

DJ Allen Kerr will be spinning the tunes, so look out!

The Dancers’ Den is a Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Swing Dance venue with lessons and social dancing, and is located near the UC Berkeley campus every Wednesday.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Dancers’ Den, feel free to visit us at: http://berkeleydancersden.com/

Submit Venue or Event Info

I noticed a lot of old, dead links in the previous version of this site, so now that we’re brand spanking new, it’s time for a new resource area.

I’ll be compiling information on new and existing venues, so if you know of one, or run one, feel free to send in info via the Contact page.

As I slowly build back up the site and dig through the archives, I will expand the site.


What’s Happening with SwingTalk?

So you may have been visiting out of habit lately and saw that we were down for quite a while (thank you to those who emailed to let this busy admin know).

And now you’ve noticed some changes.

Well, here’s the skinny”

The original web host on which SwingTalk was hosted recently performed some type of upgrade to their server which then caused the old forum software to break.

And, yes, that software was OLD, circa 2003 — so yeah, if computer years is anything like dog years, then we’re talking ancient!

Anyhow, I finally took this incident as the opportunity to move the site to one of my other hosts and to install newer software, and so here we are.

I have some ideas on what to do here, and hope to implement them in the days and weeks to come.

If you have any ideas or would like to contribute, feel free to leave a comment.



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