Jitterbug Dance LessonsJitterbug Swing Dance Lessons

Join the Jitterbug Swing Class (aka Single Step Swing) for a fun introduction into this energetic style of Swing. Become confident dancing to fast tempo music like “In The Mood”. Gain a solid foundation in single-step 6-count Swing, by learning practical basics of partnering and footwork along with smooth moves. Music includes: Rock & Roll, Big Band and NEW Swing music.


Originating in the U.S., Jitterbug became popular in the 1930s and ’40s. U.S. armed forces during World War II helped spread jitterbug’s popularity all over the world.



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Jitterbug Dance Class

*You can start with either (1a) or (1b) and a partner is not required.

Syllabus (1a)

Basic (Closed Position)
Follow’s Right Underarm Turn (Outside)
Follow’s Left Underarm Turn (Inside)
Lead’s Left Pass
Overhead Slide
Basic (Open Position)
Follow’s Wrap Up to Cuddle
Sweetheart (Left & Right)
Follow’s Tuck Turn Out (Right Turn)
Lead’s Walk Through Catch w/Right Hand
540 or She/He w/Right to Right
Reverse Spin or Follow’s Free Spin
Catch w/Lead’s Left Hand


Printable Version

Syllabus (1b)

Basic (Closed Position)
Follow’s Tuck Turn Out (Right)
Follow’s Left Underarm Turn (Inside)
Lead’s Left Underarm Turn
Basic (Open Position)
Lead’s Comb
Follow’s Comb
Follow’s Wrap Up into Wheel Clockwise
Continuous Wheel
Follow’s Outside Right Turn
Lead’s Walk Through Catch w/Right Hand
Finesse (1 or 2)
Follow’s Left Turn w/Lead’s Hand Change
Behind The Back
She/He with Left Hand (1 or 2)
Reverse Spin w/Left Hand


Music Selections

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Song Title

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Rock Around The Clock

Swing The Mood

Jump Jive An’ Wail

Mr. Pinstripe Suit

Pennsylvanie 6-5000

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

Trickle Trickle

Rock & Roll Party Mix


Dwight Yoakum

Frankie Lymon

Bill Haley & The Comets

Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Jim Croce

Manhattan Transfer

Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers