Guests can shake off their post-holiday blues with a good dose of jumping tunes as Flattop Tom & His Jump Cats play some music to get the feet moving at Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association’s weekly Saturday Swing Dance.
The association is a dance school founded by Tami and Erin Stevens to teach all forms of social dance. Saturday nights offer a chance for students to show off what they’ve learned and for newcomers to get a taste of what swing dancing is all about. Dances feature music by top professional acts, and this Saturday is no exception, with Flattop Tom and his crew delivering the swinging sounds.
This hot band plays a variety of danceable music, including swing, blues, jump blues, oldies, boogie woogie, rockabilly, 1940s and ’50s R&B and a few originals as well.
The repertoire and its delivery have proven so successful that the group has performed at such top venues as the Long Beach Blues Festival, the House of Blues, B.B. King’s, Disneyland, the Doheny Blues Festival, the Rose Bowl, and even traveling so far as the Blues Hall in Athens, Greece.
Check them out at flattoptom.com.— John Sollenberger
A free swing dance lesson starts at 7:30 p.m. and the dancing starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Grace Hall behind the Hill Avenue Grace Lutheran Church, 73 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena. Admission is $15. Call (626) 799-5689 or visit pasadenaballroomdance.com.