How can I get involved?
The easiest way is to visit Jitterbugs’ Night Out. Held every Friday night, upstairs at the Eagles Lodge on 24th & Douglas in Omaha, NE. Lesson starts at 8:15 PM and deejayed music is played from 9:00 PM – Midnight. People of all ages and skill levels convene to socialize and dance the night away! And hey- there’s always a free beginners’ lesson at 8:15 pm.
Is this going to be lame?
Heck no! Swing dancing is Rad! Plus, dancing is good for you. Even if you decide that dancing is not for you, there are plenty of cool folks to mingle with.
What happens at the beginning lesson?
Participants will be taught the basics of East Coast Swing “Jitterbug.” Partners rotate during the lesson to meet new people and get a chance to dance with everyone. No partner required, but please bring your friends. Zero to swing in 30 minutes!
What happens if I don't get it right away?
No worries! The beginning lesson is taught every week. You can take it over and over again. Plus, we offer many group classes and private lessons for folks who want to be seriously awesome on the dance floor.
Do I need a partner?
Nope, you can ask anyone there to dance.
What kind of shoes should I wear?
Wear something comfortable with a flat bottom.
How should I dress?
Look good. Remember, you will be meeting lots of new people.
What is Jitterbug?
Originally, the word jitterbug was used to describe the dancers who were making a scene out on the traditionally polite dance floor. They were said to look like they had “the jitters,” which was slang for the twitches people would get from afflictions associated with drinking moonshine or bootleg liquor. The dancers ended up accepting this name and wearing it with pride. Later, the name started being used to refer to whatever swing dance they were doing. Jitterbug was never a specific dance, but rather a general term used to describe any swing dance. In the late 1990′s, the term ‘jitterbug’ was often used to refer to single-time East Coast Swing. We use it in it’s original sense, as Ella Fitzgerald does in her 1930′s hit “I’m Just a Jitterbug.”