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Kenny – “I’ve watched your guys’ epic showcase and read all the amazing posts about CH this year, but….what in the world is #jolo? Is this CH exclusive jargon? Asking for a friend. 😀”

Jitterbugs Only Live Once was coined a few years back. I struggle to remember who came up with this phrase, but it was probably Nick Peterson or someone close to him. The phrase captures the essence of the Underground Jitterbug Championships which arose from the death of the Jitterbug Contest, a staple of the National Jitterbug Championships (the contest portion of Camp Hollywood).

Here’s what I think #jolo is all about.
– you throw down
– you’re fearless
– failure is an option when you’re dancing beyond your means
– you give everything you have
– you entertain
– you’re not there for the YouTube video, you’re there for the people
– this moment is what it’s all about

My first UJC

Learn to Swing Dance! – Nov 14

Swingin’ Denver is teaming up with the 1940s Winter Ball for this workshop. Learn East Coast Swing and Charleston from professional swing dance instructors.
There will be special deals for Winter Ball ticket holders ($19.40 workshop) and workshop participants ($5 off your Winter Ball ticket). To get this coupon code, you’ll want to sign up for their newsletter (http://1940sball.org/1940sball/1940s_christmas_ball/) and wait for that code to be sent to you.
How much: $30 pre-reg, $19.40 if you get a Winter Ball pass
Where: Booth Dance Denver
When: November 14, 12-3pm
How to Book: http://www.swingindenver.com/classes

Wednesday Night Hop – Jitterbug Spirit

Wednesday Night Hop featuring DJs Jessica Shaffer and Chip Self. Fresh from Denver’s Camp Hollywood and Cowtown Jamborama success, harness your jitterbug spirit and have some fun with us. The Arvada Tavern will also be concocting a Golden Budgie cocktail celebrating Kenny and Delilah winning this award. And, from what we can tell, the jitterbug spirit is definitely part whisky.

$4 for students, $5 for everyone else.
Drop-in Swing Lesson from 6:30-7:30pm
Beginner Lindy Hop 8-9pm.

We’ll see you on the dance floor! Enter through the phone booth.

Finding the Jitterbug Spirit at Camp Hollywood

Answering what is jitterbug spirit is akin to asking why I enjoy Camp Hollywood so much. Each year I come away measuring how much social dancing I did. And, in recent years, I measure a supremely low number yet I know I still had fun. There’s a euphoric sense that what happens at Camp Hollywood cannot be replicated anywhere else. That is the Jitterbug Spirit.ray-hirsch Continue reading

Throwing Mad Air

over-the-backWhat does it take to throw mad air? This thought struck me after realizing how many have seen parts or all this one massively shared UJC 2015 (Underground Jitterbug Championship) video. Some of you viewers will want to throw, but let’s see what brought us to this point and what you can gain by reading. Continue reading

Beginner Jitterbug Series with Denver Swing Dance!

Check out Denver Swing Dance‘s Level 1 Beginner Jitterbug Monthly Series.  Each class, starting at 7pm, lasts one hour with a 30 minute practice session after class. Classes are held Monday Nights at the Savoy Events Center located at 2700 Arapahoe.

You’ll learn the basics, leading and following skills and the fundamental moves and figures that every dancer must know! This class is the best class to take if you have never danced before.

$36 when you sign up for the whole month (a free lesson for your dedication!) or $12 to drop in for just one at a time. High school or college students save $10 on month price – use code STUDENT at registration and bring your ID to class.

Denver Swing Dance – Beginner Jitterbug Intensive

Monday, June 30, 6:15 – 8:30pm.
Learn how to dance with a partner, along with basic steps and our favorite, most useful beginner moves for navigating the dance floor and creating your own dance!
6:15 – 7:15 Basics of Lead and Follow – Class A
7:15 – 8:30 Jitterbug: Steps and Moves – Class B

Cost: Early Bird Special $20 before 6/20, $25 before 6/30
$30 at the door, or $15 per class if you can only take one.

Where: The Mercury Cafe, 2199 California st, Denver, CO

Register Here