The Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association’s Saturday nights are a polite, grown-up alternative to the typical dance club scene. PBDA is a dance school started in 1983 by sisters Erin and Tammy Stevens. Their professional instructors offer six-week class sessions year-round in ballroom dancing, swing, jitterbug, tango, salsa and other favorites.
The third Friday of each month brings “An Evening of Ballroom Dance” with a mix of DJ-spun music. Saturday night dances include a complimentary East Coast swing dance lesson starting one half-hour before the dance. For more info, visit www.pasadenaballroomdance.com .
This Saturday’s dance features the Hollywood Combo, headed by founder, singer and harmonica master Mark Tortorici. He’s a veteran of the LA blues, swing and roots scene. His former swing-rockabilly-rock band Jumpin’ Jimes was a local prime mover in the ’90s swing craze, holding house band honors for three years at the Derby in Los Feliz.
The aptly named Hollywood Combo mixes up R&B, early rock, jump and boogie-woogie with a strong West Coast influence. This should be a jumping night of footloose fun.