Category: News

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 by Friday April 11th.

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

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!

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:

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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