Rock N' Swing is the San Francisco Bay Area's fast paced and energetic swing dance lesson series geared specifically for flashy, fancy, and fun(!) swing dancing to traditional 1950's style rockabilly and rhythm and blues. Regular weekly swing dance classes in the “Dean Collins” style of “Lindy Hop” or "jitterbug” swing are taught through Slim Fitness' Swing Dance Program, The Joanne Brown Dancers, and The Mark Green Sports Center in Union City. 

 

Slim Fitness is located at:

5437 Central Avenue
Suite #3

Newark , CA 94560

(510)-378-6615

Mark Green Sports Center is located at:
31224 Union City Blvd.
Union City, CA 94587

(510)-675-5808

Joanne Brown Dancers is located at:
33535 Western Avenue
Union City, CA 94587

(510)-475-4122
 

Dance Instructor Michael Quebec brings his over 20 years of teaching and performance experience to "Rock N' Swing", making sure that students get the most thorough and detailed instruction possible, while doing it in a patient, welcoming, energetic, and fun manner! This is retro vintage dance instruction with the most modern up to date instruction techniques!

 

Contact Mike at (510)-240-2732 or at esperescano@gmail.com for private lessons. Check out our latest events, as well as our weekly group class schedule.

 

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Practicing various turns during one of our Saturday workshops at The Joanne Brown Dancers in Union City.

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Working "quickstops" and other moves that hit breaks in the music at one of our Saturday Union City workshops at The Joanne Brown Dancers (33535 Western Avenue.)

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David and Gina

David Galvin and Gina Katigbak, two very popular West Coast Swing instructors, trying out some Smooth Lindy Hop and doing extremely well while having a good time!

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Practicing various turns during one of our Saturday workshops at The Joanne Brown Dancers in Union City.

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Features

Starting on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, regular beginners East Coast Swing lessons will be held at The Mark Green Sports Center, 31224 Union City Blvd, Union City, CA 94587.  Registration is up.  Go to the flyer below and click on it to register.

Rockinswing will also continue to provide free online articles on 1950s teen culture history.  The history of rock n' roll, 1950s-era dances, hot rod culture, teen idols and "Kleen Teen" culture, 1950s teen fashions, The Beat Generation and the beatnik fad, and the history of 1950s juvenile-delinquency and street gangs will be explored in detail in blog/article and even e-book form, to provide fans of vintage culture free resources for historical research and recreational reading. 

 

Visit our blog section to check out our first blog on 1950's juvenile-delinquency, "Rebels Without A Cause:  The Lost History of 1950's Youth Gangs."  (Click on the button to access the blog.)

 



Instructional dance videos will be provided, free of charge, at channel "Michael Quebec" at the clickable You Tube Channel button.

 

Videos on the history of 1950's youth culture will be provided at channel "Mike Quebec's Hepcats Hangout," which can be accessed via the button below:
 

What's New?

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Regular, weekly, beginner's classes will commence on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

This is a fun and easy-to-do class for folks who have no prior experience, but would like to try out swing dancing for the first time.


Click on the flyer to be taken to the registration page and, if you would like to receive a discount, try to come to our Saturday, June 18, 2022 "Sunrise Saturday Swing One Dollar Dance Party," the flyer of which is just below our flyer for the Tuesday weekly swing dance classes.  (Spaces are filling up quickly for the June 18 party, however.)

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The above event is technically "full."  We might be able to take in a few more, however. 

Click on the flyer to email Mike Quebec to check if there is still space and to be put on the waiting list.
 

* Discounts for the Tuesday weekly classes at Mark Green will be offered to attendees for the June 18th event.

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PARTNERED GYMNASTICS INTENSIVE FOR SWING DANCE COMPETITORS AND PERFORMERS.

Happening on May 14th.

Performers and dance competitors can gain much from this invaluable performance art skill set.

Discounts are for early registration. However, registration is limited to 12 participants total, and spots fill up quickly.

*NO partner rotations for this workshop.  Participants must have a set partner and must register with a set partner.  Costs are set accordingly.  (Early bird registration per couple is $100 and after May 13 it's $120 per couple.  No single participants without a partner.)

Complete information, as well as registration, can be accessed at the following link below, or by clicking on the flyer above:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flip-flop-n-fly-partnered-gymnastics-for-swing-dancers-tickets-32878342908

As we slowly get back to dancing after a year and a half without it, we will be putting up instructional videos, both on You Tube and later, on other platforms.  The two above are experiments of sorts, with instruction.  The first is a basic lesson and the second is an intermediate level instruction video.

Above is the latest You Tube documentary, the second in the "Nostalgic Myths and Historical Reality" series on 1950's youth gang history.  This 90 minute documentary, available for FREE viewing, details how the fear of youth gang violence affected the music culture of the 1950's, and then, how the image of the 1950's teen gang member was sanitized, to create the family friendly, humorous, "greaser," in order to sell repackaged rock n' roll as "oldies" during the nostalgia fad of the 1970's.  Click on the video box above to view it in your browser.

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This video covers the impact and importance of the 1961 film, “The Young Savages,” adapted from Evan Hunter’s 1959 novel“A Matter Of Conviction.”

This underrated classic not only involved major Hollywood players of the time (celebrated director John Frankenheimer, screen legend Burt Lancaster), but also involved real-life youth gangs, who had recently been in the late 1950’s press for their often tragic rivalries.

Access this retrospective, for free, on You Tube, by clicking on the flyer above.

This is the flyer for the latest You Tube 1950's teen history documentary.
 

This teen history documentary for fellow 1950's youth culture history fans, is now up on You Tube for FREE viewing.
 

It's the result of years of research via interviews, obtaining and viewing surviving court documents and police records, and contemporaneous news articles.
 

Admittedly, it's not for everyone.
 

This is specifically for the fans of vintage 1950's youth culture who are interested in the actual history without the (sorry to put it this way) "sugar coating" in the way "The Fifties" is usually presented, which, unintentionally, makes "The Fifties" "laughable" to the mainstream (and as fans, the last thing that we want is for our passion to be thought of in condescending terms.)
 

For 1950's fans who are interested in viewing the separation and definition of the movie image from the nostalgic myth (began during the "Fifties Nostalgia Craze" of the 1970's), while exploring the history of the real-life 1950's-era youth gangs that defined the 1950's "Juvenile Delinquent Hysteria," this might be of interest to you.
 

It's about giving the youth culture of the 1950's it's "street cred" back.
 

The 30 minute video, which is the first part of a three part series, can be viewed for free on You Tube at the following link (or by clicking on the flyer.):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl0WNjpWUtM

 

The 30 minute video, which is the first part of a three part series, can be viewed for free on You Tube at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl0WNjpWUtM or by clicking on the flyer itself.

Part Two is above and Part Three is in the works.

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Above is the flyer used to promote the latest blog, which, for all intents and purposes, is actually a free e-book.

 

Accompanied with vintage news articles, photos, surviving court documents, and interviews, this is the complete history of 1950s juvenile delinquency, the true stories of the inner-city street gangs of the 1950s that would inspire movies such as "Blackboard Jungle" and "Rebel Without A Cause," as well as the stage play and later movie adaptation of "West Side Story."

This is the story of 1950s juvenile-delinquency as it actually was, not the sanitized and candied-up propaganda of "nostalgia," which falsely equates 1950s juvenile delinquency with harmless pranks and minor acts of vandalism.  The history of 1950s youth gangs are stories of troubled young people, while examining issues of poverty, urban crime, mental health, racial intolerance, as well as hope and redemption. 

 

Access the blog page by clicking on the flyer above.

 

Home School Teen Swing Dance Program

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Rockin' Swing provides swing dance as a way of providing a fun fitness format with social events for teens.  We follow California physical education requirements.  If you have a home school teen group that would like to join our teen swing dance program for physical education, click below.

Click on one of our Swingin' Dance Demo Videos below to play them!  

Suggested Vintage '50's/Rockabilly Links  

Slap Face Coffee and Tea is Fremont's premier hangout for a variety of coffees, teas, snacks, fingerfoods, and ice cream.

With a pleasant, artistic atmosphere, students frequent the coffee house to study, mingle, and relax.

Slap Face also hosts a variety of weekend events, such as comedy nights, Salsa nights, and...Vintage 1950's Swing Dance nights featuring You-Know-Who.  

Located at 
37324 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA, 
Tel # (510)-565-1130.  Open from 7:00 a.m. to 12 Midnight.

 

Go to their Facebook page by clicking on their logo.

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At Slap Face Coffee

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Swing Night at Slap Face

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Vintage Alley is Hayward, California's 1940's and 1950's inspired vintage boutique, hair salon, and clothing store where all of your vintage swing and rockabilly fashion needs can be met.  In addtion, Vintage Alley also hosts a yearly car festival with pin ups, classic cars, and live music to dance to.

Go to their site, http://www.vintagealley.com/, by clicking on their welcome message.

Author David Van Pelt has years of extensive research into the subject of 1950's-era New York youth gangs. 

His book, "Brooklyn Rumble," is an excellent resource for those 1950's culture fans who would like to know the actual history of this aspect of 1950's youth culture, without the "sugar coating" and with detailed historical sources.

Go to his site, https://newyorkcitygangs.com/, by clicking on the "Brooklyn Rumble" book scan.

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James Marshall, "The Hound," is a rock n' roll historian who has written liner notes for various CDs, including Hollowbody's rare rockabilly and chicken-bop series (I personally have the "Wail Man Wail" cd, and it's the most!)

His podcast broadcasts some of the most rockin'-est cuts that you won't find in any "oldies" collection.


Access his site (https://thehoundnyc.com/) by clicking on the logo.

Online retail and wholesale quality vintage clothing at reasonable prices, for both men and women can be found at Swanky's.  

Visit http://www.swankysvintage.com/ by clicking on their card.

Ratrodz n Pinups at www.ratrodznpinups.com is San Antonio, Texas' go-to for rockabilly inspired men's and women's apparel.  

Owner Frank Teniente can be contacted directly at ratrodznpinups@gmail.com.

They also have a kewl blog section, so check 'em out by clicking on their card!

Looking for high-quality vintage-inspired clothing reproductions, specifically for women?  

Ms. Kim's Vintage Gal at 

http://www.vintagegalclothing.com/ will hook you up right!  (Click on the card.)

For rockin' record hops and live bands, as well as burlesque, check out Handsome Hawk Valentine's Hops in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Click on the picture button of Hawk himself(!) to visit his site on updates on all of his rockin' shows and events!

 

The Smoking Pig BBQ Company, located at 3340 Mowry Ave in Fremont, California has been featuring blues bands Fridays and Saturday nights.  All of them are extremely danceable!  (And as everyone knows, blues is the basis for rock n' roll in the 1950's.)  There is NO COVER.  So, to make sure that this venue stays open, we strongly recommend buying food and/or drinks there.  (And why not?  Their food is GREAT!)

To visit their website at http://smokingpigbbq.net/

click on the logo or call them at:  (510) 713-1854

For all things dance related in the Bay Area (not just swing or vintage), check out our friends David and Gina's Dance Maven website!  (They are also excellent West Coast Swing instructors for those of you who are looking for a modern twist on swing dancing.)

 

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to visit http://www.dancemaven.com/