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Preservation. Community. Happiness.

Salt Lake Swing




- Frankie Manning (b. 1914 d. 2009).


Swing Music

Swing music is a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing audiences.  Jazz reached broad audiences over the radio, on records, and in dance halls around the nation.

Swing music is characterized by a syncopated rhythm where all the beats are not evenly spaced in time. Familiar songs with this swing rhythm are Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing” and Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”.

The syncopated swing rhythm made the music sound more lively, and also had the psychological effect of causing listeners to want to move with the music. The Charleston was a dance that was quite popular during the 1920s, and as jazz music took on stronger syncopations, the music began influencing how the dancers danced their dance. This caused a feedback with the live bands who would begin playing their music influenced by how the dancers in front of them were dancing. By the end of the '20s, this feedback between live bands and dancers evolved both the music and the dance into new forms: swing jazz (also called "swing music" or "big band jazz"), Lindy Hop (also called "swing dancing" or "the Jitterbug").

Lindy Hop

Lindy Hop is a partner dance and is the original form of Swing dancing created by teenagers in the 20's and 30's in Harlem, NY. Like hip hop is today, lindy hop was a street dance made up by youth responding to the popular music of the day, which was swing-era jazz.

This unique American art form spread around the globe in the years leading up to WWII thanks to representation in popular movies such as Keep Punchin’, A Day At the Races, and then Hellzapoppin. As jazz musicians began to play bop, dancers began to partner less and less, and lindy hop fell out of favor, but revivalists in the 1980s learned from some of the original great dancers and brought it back!

Today, we continue to dance to the swinging jazz music that inspired lindy hop in the first place, from artists such as Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and many more.

Lindy hop can be danced fast or slow, and it's for ages 3 to 103.  Check out that video above for a great example what what lindy hop looks like!


Our mission is to Celebrate and Preserve American Swing-era music and dance and to expose the greater community to the Joys of Swing. 

We'll achieve this through education, events, performances, and outreach.  We aim to create opportunities for spectators, listeners, dancers, and musicians to interact with this American art form in their day-to-day lives.


Salt Lake Swing is a 503 c3 nonprofit, founded 2016.

"Splash" photo by Anthony Chen.  "Calendar" photo by Byron Hon.  "Classes" photo by Emily Daubenmire.  Effects by Prisma.  
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progressive Swing dance lessons


All lesson packages include at least 4 classes, once a week, that build on material covered in previous classes.  For this reason, drop-ins are typically not allowed.  If you have to miss a class, we'll try our best to help you catch up.  Missed classes do not count as credit towards future classes.

Questions?  Comments? Contact  Complaints?  Keep them to yourself.  Just kidding, we like feedback too!


Level 1 Swing: Charleston

Four 1-hour classes total every Wednesday of October (excluding the 31st)!

Time: 6:30-7:30 PM

Location: Ballroom Utah, 3030 S Main St, Salt Lake City, Utah

Level 1 Charleston will get you moving on the dance floor, and here we're focusing on the dance that started it all. This dance is often interspersed within any social swing dance, or can be danced standalone. Charleston is often the jelly to the Lindy Hop peanut butter. This basic also helps you dance to faster music, without feeling like you're working too hard--but you'll never feel like you're getting this much exercise when you're having so much fun! No partner or prior experience required!

Beginner level classes will rotate between 6-count, 8 count, and Charleston, and are perfect for those starting out, or those wishing to brush up on their basics.  All three series are required before moving on to Level 2.

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Level 2 Swing: Charleston

Four 1-hour classes total every Wednesday of October (excluding the 31st)!

Time: 6:30-7:30 PM

Location: Ballroom Utah, 3030 S Main St, Salt Lake City, Utah

We will be continuing on from the connection and aesthetics of the basic, and moving quickly on to build on the technique and connection of other patterns in hand-to-hand and tandem Charleston as well.

No partner required. You must have either taken all three Level 1 series classes to register for this class, or have talked with one of the instructors about being placed at this level.

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Retake a Level 1/2 Class!

Choose this option if you just plan on retaking a level 1 or level 2 class you've already taken (and a lot of people do this, because you will learn quite a bit the second or third time through!). If you're not entirely certain if you have, just ask. We'll make sure you've already completed this series previously at the door. This is also an affordable option for those higher level dancers who also want to continue solidifying their fundamentals (it's ridiculously priced at $3.75 a class)! If you’ve taken the beginner Balboa series before, put two of these in your cart for the whole 8 weeks.

Time: Whenever your class time is!

Location: Ballroom Utah, 3030 S Main St, Salt Lake City, Utah

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