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History

West Coast Jitterbugs (WCJ) is a non-profit dancing club that took-up Lindy Hop in 1983. Today we have about 800 members. From having organised just one beginners class in Lindy Hop per semester, it first expanded during the late 1990’s. After having taken over Forum, to get a dancing place of our own, the club saw a second wave of expansion. Today we provide several basic courses per semester as well as a wide selection of themed courses for all levels of Lindy Hop, but also classes in Balboa, Boogie Woogie, Blues, and Tap. On the odd-occasion there are also classes in related dances as Authentic Jazz, Charleston, and Burlesque.

Although there are many possibilities to improve your dancing skills, the most important is the many opportunities for social dancing and a relaxed atmosphere for members to just hang-around at Forum, any day – also when not taking classes.

Milestones

The first wave of Lindy Hop (then called Jitterbug) hit Sweden in the late 1930s, came to fade from the 1950’s, and practically disappear. However, soon after the first initiatives were taken by some individuals and the Stockholm Swing Society, to kick-start Lindy Hop in Sweden again, also West Coast Jitterbugs was formed. The year was 1983 and about ten people were there for the first meeting and during its first year, WCJ had about 30 members.

After a few months of hick-up year two, the club has now been functioning for 33 years. What first started as Thursday dances, to give members time to practice outside class, has since continued as our social “Monday-Dance”; today a popular institution with at least three hours of social dancing every Monday throughout the year.

1990 – 2003: During these year’s the membership increased to reach over 400.
1997 – 2009: “Jump Session”, WCJ’s own show group was very active.

1994: Our first ”Swingin ‘Spring’”, our Lindy Hop workshop, that has been organised yearly since.
1998: Our first ”Duke’s Place”, a major social dance, has since been twice each semester.
2002: Forum, at Dr. Fries Torg, became our home – and the base for most activities.
2006: The first regular classes with local teachers in Balboa started.
2009: The first regular classes with local teachers in Boogie Woogie started.
2009: The occasional “The-Dance” was a welcome addition, with a variety of home-baked cookies.
2010: The first “Balboa Boost” on a Sunday, has since appeared every-second month.
2010: The first “Minor Swing” balboa workshop, which has been organised each spring.
2013: “Swing After Work” on Fridays at Forum becomes a recurring social event in the calendar
2013: “Tuesday is Bluesday”, every-second Tuesday, a welcome addition social Blues dance.
2013: Membership record for WCJ during the spring semester of 2013 – 894 paying members.
2014: First “Blues Garden” Workshop, which has been organised yearly since.
2014: The first regular classes with local teachers in Blues started.

2015 – At European Swing Dance Championships, ESDC, in London, WCJ becomes best club!

Second in Jazz-Roots Team Showcase– participants: Marianne, Anne, Pernilla, Tove, Erika, Åsa
See the number at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC_shSL-ljk

Winner – in in the most important class of all – Swing Team Showcase – participants: Sebastian, Victoria, Christian, Marianne, Olle, Tove, Marcus, Anne, Jonatan, Pernilla
See the number at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pOtZHkbCvQ