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.

 

Turns
Turns

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

Hitting The Breaks
Hitting The Breaks

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.)

David and Gina
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!

Turns
Turns

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

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We took a temporary break from our on-site classes, but we are gearing up for a return to on-site swing dance instruction in June, 2021, as the entire state opens up.  Safety protocols will be in place.  Stay tuned.

In the meantime...

Rockinswing will 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:
 

After a full year without any dancing whatsoever, a friend of mine, who is new to Smooth Style Lindy, consented to practice together.

I work with her on Smooth Lindy and I get to rework my teaching, since, it has been a year....

This is only a practice log, to document our progress, as we get ready for when we return to on-site swing dance classes in June.

I will be uploading our practice vids every week, so document our progress together, but, next month (May), I will be putting up basic instruction videos, so stay tuned!

Also, if you are in the Fremont/Newark/Union City/Hayward CA area, come back here to rockinswing for updates, especially as we get closer to June, for when we can have dance lessons in place (following safety and legal guidelines, of course.)

And, just to keep track of what we are reviewing together, here is the list of basics (just basics) that we reviewed together, as we, slowly, get back into "the swing of things" (ouch):

 

1. 6-count Basics

2. Inside Turn and Side Pass

3. Sugar Pushes

4. Whips

Smooth Style Lindy Hop Practice Log, Basics, April 27, 2021.

This is the third week of practice with my good friend Shann LeBouef, who's only been at it for that amount of time with this particular style of Lindy (her previous experience was East Coast Swing and Savoy style), and I think that she's making great progress in 3-short weeks! She's kindly consented to our recording of the lessons, because, in all honesty, it has been a year since I've taught or even danced. So we're helping each other out.

For me, it's getting my teaching skills back up to standard, because on-site classes at SLIM Fitness in Newark, CA will resume in June, 2021 (following health guidelines, safety protocols, and legalities, of course.)

* Note: This video is just a practice log only, and not an instructional video. Basic instructional videos will be coming soon to You Tube, however. (Those will be for those You Tube subscribers on my swing dance channel who are not in the Tri-City Area, which is about a 45 minute drive South East of San Francisco.)

Here's the list of our Smooth Style Lindy Basics:

1.  Basic Whip

2.  Shoulder Twist Release
3.  Sugar Pushes

4.  Inside Turn and Side Pass Combination
5.  Switches

6.  Whip To Closed
7.  Conversation Kicks to Saucy Kicks to Flash Kicks
8.  Send Out

Starting next week, this video series of "practice logs" will continue on my You Tube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgqj2qdsXgOtEAm3YemI96A.

 

More practice vids will be uploaded to You Tube (practically every week, unless of course, we miss a practice), with notices about them here on the website, as well as on Facebook, in order to document our progress, as we at SLIM Fitness get ready for reopening vintage swing dance classes in June.

 

To stay updated as to the actual opening, check in here at rockinswing.com.

Subscribe to the You Tube channels, and stay safe, (and keep on dancin'.)

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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.

Parts Two and Three are in the works...

Young Savages Retrospective Flyer For Wi

This is our new You Tube historical 1950’s/early ‘60’s research video, the first in a series of teen culture history documentaries, free and for educational purposes.

For this video, we cover 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.

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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.

At Slap Face Coffee
At Slap Face Coffee

Swing Night at Slap Face
Swing Night at Slap Face

At Slap Face Coffee
At Slap Face Coffee

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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.

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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.

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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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.)

The rockin'-est cuts can be found at http://www.rockabilly-radio.net/ and DJ Charles Tilley hosts live radio shows for your listenin' n' dancin' pleasure.  Click on the card n' give him a listen!

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.)

 

Click on the picture button

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