What We’re About

This is San Diego’s lindy hop and swing dance event for young professionals, students, retired and married couples who all want to explore the dance world through big band jazz music. Join us for a night of dancing merriment to guests and local swing jazz DJs, with exclusive live band performances during special events!

We dance balboa, lindy hop and other variants that fall under the umbrella of swing dance with African American vernacular jazz movements. We offer a separate room for those who want to dance blues and fusion. We dance to a variety of music from the jazz era in the 1920s up to the 1950s.

You cats cut a mean rug – An expression for a dancer so skilled that the rug tears through and falls apart beneath them!

What to Bring What is Swing

Lessons and Social

Never too late to start

Your Plus 1 Beginners Get in Free! Every month we offer two levels of complimentary lessons with admission. Bring your friend in time for the beginner class and they get into the event for free!

A Family Friendly Event: A dedicated room for children, which is furnished with toys and supervised by our dedicated babysitter. Parents can take classes and dance without worry.

Snacks and Refreshments! It’s not a party until there’s food, and we have plenty of complimentary snacks to keep the energy up and the body hydrated.

Lessons start at 8pm

Beginner Lindy Hop and East Coast Swing/Jitterbug – Our flagship class: no experience, no partner; no problem! We’ll show you the basics to get you started and keep you moving all night! Bring a friend in for this class and they get in for free!

Intermediate Lindy Hop – Every month new topics and new instructors are introduced to keep you on your toes! This will both be fun and challenging, don’t miss out!

Beginner Balboa – Our newest elective! Become a part of the growing community of dancers that focus on this style of dance!

Dance the Night Away

Jump, jive, and wail to music from the 1920s to 1950’s big band era, swinging away to a variety of artists like Benny Goodman, Chick Webb, Lionel Hampton, and many more!

Grooving at the Blues Alley – Doors open up later in the evening to our specialized cozier room, dedicated to slower Blues and Fusion music that rounds out the high energy evening of that jumping and jiving!

Interested in taking additional group or private lessons? Check out the local scene for additional social dancing and class combos!

The Dream

First Saturday Swing was established in May 2013 by Kim Tran and Sal Perez. Since its inception, we’ve been sharing our love and passion for swing dancing and jazz-era big band music. We create postive experiences for our family and peers, and we provide opportunities to explore the joy of partnered dancing. We teach and exchange our knowledge of the dance with the community, and we instill the desire to build connections with others.

The Family

Our Staff

We coordinate with a variety of instructors, photographers, DJs and musicians to bring in the most diverse group of people into our dance scene. Take a look here for more information about them! If you’re an instructor or promoter, visit here for more information!

Our Volunteers

First Saturday Swing is maintained by our crew of volunteers, who spend hours outside of their professions bridging the music and dancing together into one room. Their love for swing dancing and their commitment to the dance community allows us to have a successful event. In exchange for committing an hour of their time, their admission to the event is waived. Read more.

Become a part of our family

If you would like to become a volunteer for First Saturday Swing or if there are additional questions about availability, send us an email or send us a Facebook message!

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