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.

 

Features

As we take a temporary break from our on-site classes, we focus on providing our fellow vintage lifestyle enthusiasts other resources, complimentary and "on us," both here on this site, and via two You Tube channels.

Rockinswing will 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:
 

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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 itself by clicking on the flyer above.

 

Do you have a special event or party planned (for when the pandemic is over, of course?) 

Go to our "On-Site Lessons And Dee-Jay Services" page.

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.

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.

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/

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.)

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