American Bop Association Member Clubs

The clubs listed below are Regular members of the American Bop Association. You may visit the respective club websites by clicking on any club logo. Please feel free to visit their websites and contact them for information about joining their club or participating in their regularly scheduled dance events or attend some of the multi-day dances many of these clubs sponsor in their local areas.

Atlanta Swing Dancers

Atlanta, GA

The Atlanta Swing Dancers Club (ASDC) has regularly scheduled weekly dancing and lessons Sunday's at Nemoe's Tavern. While the majority of our classes focus on west coast swing (wcs), our club welcomes all dancers and styles of dancing, including lindy hop, Carolina shag, country western, ballroom, Latin.

Chicago Jitterbug Club

Chicago, IL

The Chicago Jitterbug Club is a non-profit private organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of Jitterbug dancing and its music. We have been dancing for a number of years in the southwestern area of Chicago and its suburbs.

Chicago's Windy City Jitterbug Club

Chicago, IL

Chicago's Windy City Jitterbug Club is a not-for-profit, non-charitable organization established to provide growth and the perpetuation of Jitterbug dancing. We dance the first and third Saturday of each month.

Choo Choo Shag Club

Chattanooga, TN

The Choo Choo Shag Club in beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The Club was Chartered in April of 1995 and became a member of the Association Of Carolina Shag Clubs ( ACSC ) in the summer of 1995 and in 2001 we were the first Shag Club to become a member of the (ABA) American Bop Association.  For the past nineteen years, we have been home to Shag Tracks, the biggest little dance and pool party in the South.

Cincinnati Bop Club

Cincinnati, OH

The Cincinnati Bop Club is a Non-profit organization, incorporated in the State of Ohio dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Jitterbug, Bop, Shag and Swing styles of dancing, and the Rhythm and Blues music that makes it all fun!

Corvette City Bop Club

Bowling Green, KY

Corvette City Bop & Dance Club (hereinafter referred to as “CCBDC” and/or “the Club”) was founded by a group of individuals with a common interest known as bop, shag, swing, and jitter bug dancing. The CCBDC is a dance organization dedicated to the preservation of these styles of dancing. The CCBDC also enjoys other styles of social dancing such as line dancing and various types of ballroom dancing and strives to promote the music that accompanies all of these styles of dance.

Derby City Bop Association

Louisville, KY

The Derby City Bop Association (DCBA) shall be a non-profit dance organization directed toward the entertainment and fellowship of the constituent members, and dedicated to the preservation of bop, shag, and swing style dancing exclusively, and the preservation of beach, bop, shag, and rhythm and blues music exclusively. The Derby City Bop Association may not dictate styles of dance, but will not, by it’s music or instruction, support other forms of dance.”

 

Well, that’s the official definition of what the Bop Club is, but it’s more than that. Derby City Bop is a collection of people spanning all age groups, who come together to enjoy one another’s company. It’s people helping to preserve a great American dance style collectively known as “Swing” but actually encompassing dozens of different dance styles and hundreds of variations.

 

Derby City Bop dances every Tuesday evening from 6:00 till 10:00 PM at Jim Porters Good Time Emporium and the second Saturday of most months at The Moose Lodge.

 

Evansville River City Bop Club

Evansville, IN

We are a non-profit dance organization directed toward the entertainment and fellowship of the members and devoted to the preservation of a great American dance style collectively known as "swing" but actually encompassing dozens of different dance styles and hundreds of variations. Our music is bop, shag, and rhythm and blues which will inspire you to dance to the rhythm of the beat. So come along and let us introduce you to the people, the dance, and the music collectively known as the Evansville River City Bop Club. 

We enjoy visitors anytime…we encourage you to come dance with us. 

 

DANCE SCHEDULE

 

Location - EAGLES - 6000 Old Boonville Hwy, Evansville IN

Weekly - Every Wednesday from 6:55 - 9:30 PM.

Technique Lessons 6:55 - 7:15 PM. Beginner Lessons 7:15 - 7:45 PM.

Monthly - First Friday Of Every Month 7:30 - 10:30 OM

 

Entry Fees
ERC BOP Club Members Are $3.00 - Non-Members $6.00

First Time Visitor Is Free.
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Great Lakes Swing Dance Club

Burton, MI

The purpose of the Great Lakes Swing Dance Club (GLSDC) is to "inform, encourage, promote and enjoy Swing Dance of all forms."

GLSDC meets weekly on the large wooden dance floor at Rollhaven of Flushing, 3464 Ann Drive off Pierson Road, west of I-75 and just east of Elms Road.  See the Membership and Maps page for detailed parking information and maps.

GLSDC members dance every Wednesday; group lessons are offered at 6:00 PM, with open dancing 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Lessons are conducted by one of the many fine instructors in Genesee County and mid-Michigan. One of six club DJ's provides a good mix of music each week; primarily East & West Coast Swing, Hustle, with a bit of Cha-Cha, Nightclub Two Step and a few feature dances tossed in for good measure.

Gulf Breeze Bop Club

Fort Meyers/Naples Florida Area

GBBC was incorporated in the fall of 2018 as a 501C4 not-for-profit dance club dedicated to the entertainment, fellowship, joy, health benefits and preservation of social dancing in Southwest Florida through music and dance styles including all forms of swing, bop, jitterbug, and shag as well as honoring other forms of country and Latin styles of dance and music.  GBBC is a volunteer supported club. All funds received from membership and admissions are directed into supporting club business and activities. 

The Gulf Breeze Bop Club is all about having fun and developing friendships which supports individual and community well-being.

Indy Dancers

Indianapolis, In

Indy Dancers is a central Indiana nonprofit premiere upbeat dance club founded in 1983. We are a unique, self-help organization that dances “Just for the Fun of it”, featuring all styles of American swing, Latin, west coast swing, ballroom and even some line dancing.  Call our 24 hr. Danceline 317-767-5665 for event information, like us on Facebook, or see our website  Indydancers.com

Jefferson City Swing Dance Club

Jefferson City, MO

The Jefferson City Swing Dance Club (JCSDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Swing Dancing in the central Missouri area. We also promote a variety of other dance styles including Country Two-Step, Cha Cha, Nightclub Two-Step and Line Dancing.

 

The JCSDC's history started when Charles Stone opened 1212 East High Street for Friday night dances with dance lessons in the fall of 2009. 

 

In April 2010, we received our official notice as a club from the Secretary of State.

 

The JCSDC is a member of the Midwest Swing Dance Federation and the American Bop Association.

 

Official memberships to the club started in June of 2011. 

 

In addition to dancing, we strive to support our community.  We have given financially to the Samaritan Center, the Jefferson City Boys and Girls Club, and Joplin tornado victims.

Jefferson County Swing Dance Club

Arnold, MO (St Louis Area)

We are a non-profit organization located in Arnold, Mo.

Our club is devoted to promoting Imperial Swing Dancing in the Jefferson County & the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

We meet on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month at the Arnold VFW Hall at 2301 Church Rd. Our dances are from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 for JCSDC and sister club members and $7.00 for non-members.

Lake Of The Ozarks Swing Dance Club

Lake Ozark, MO (Lake Ozarks Area)

Lake of the Ozarks Swing Dance Club (LOSDC) was initially formed to organize the Swing Into Fall Dance Convention event at Lake of the Ozarks. We are a not-for-profit corporation. We are now celebrating our 14th anniversary. We organize monthly dances while supporting many local charities. Our club is a member of the Midwest Swing Dance Federation and the American Bob Association (ABA). 

 

Primarily, we are interested in preserving and promoting swing dance and other forms of dance in the Lake area with the intention of supporting local charities. We do play a mix of music, frequently to includeswing,  cha cha, country, waltz and others. We offer free dance lessons prior to our monthly dance. Our monthly dances are currently held at the Ozark Yacht Club in Lake Ozark from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm. A free lesson is provided at 7 pm with dancing to follow.  Our dances are generally the 3rd Saturday of each month however check our web site as sometimes the schedule will vary.

LEXDANCE

Lexington, KY

Founded in July 2014

 

The LexDance (Association) is a non-profit social dance organization directed toward the entertainment and friendship of social dance enthusiast.

 

LexDance is an opportunity for those in Lexington Ky and surrounding areas to enjoy several varieties of dance, including East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, ChaCha, Rhumba, Waltz, and numerous other dances! Come Join Us!

Little Rock Bop Club

North Little Rock, AR

Come dance with us in an enthusiastic and welcoming atmosphere as we swing dance to some of the hottest tunes from the 50’s to today. People from all over Central Arkansas meet to dance every Wednesday evening from 7 to 10 p.m., with beginning swing dance lessons available 7 to 7:45. 

 

Admission (including lessons) is $5 for members and $10 for guests and visitors. 

 

We play hits from the 1950s to today, in a mix of rock 'n roll, R&B and a little of everything. Dress is casual.

We promote all styles of swing dance.

Magic City Boppers

Birmingham, AL

In the late 1980's a group of beach music lovers from Bessemer and Birmingham began gathering at WT's Bar and Grill in Bessemer on Friday nights, listening and bopping to music from their teenage years of the late 1950's and 1960's.  Carl Simonetti and Ben Saxon, local DJ's, played music from artists such as Sonny Boy's and Jimmy Reed's harmonica blues, Ernie K-Doe's and Fats Domino's New Orleans rhythms, along with The Drifters, Hank Ballard, and the Temptations, to name just a few.  This was just the beginning of what would soon evolve in1990, under the leadership of Phil Graf, and become known as The Magic City Boppers.

Memphis Bop Club

Memphis, TN

 

The Memphis Bop Club was born out of frustration, the frustration that Memphis dancers felt when Chevy’s closed in early 1986 and no other night clubs offered the music or dancing opportunity to meet our needs.
 

On April 3, 1987, the first meeting of a hand full of people who loved to dance was held. These people were committed to the idea of possibly forming their own “Bop Club”. The members of that were group were, Tom Polzin, Glenda (Martin) Drewery, John Davis, Bunnie Lee Whilhelm, Pete Wade, and Lin Quint. They committed their time and energies to pursuing the idea of 

“The Memphis Bop Club”.
 

They prepared an application form and took it to Temptation, the only night club in town supporting 50’s and 60’s music at the time. It didn’t take long to find out it was a great idea. The response was overwhelming. Within the first few weeks the Club went from 50 to 75 and then 100.

The first dance lessons were given to students in member’s homes. The first monthly parties were held in the clubhouse at Lin Quint’s apartment complex. That location did not last long because it was soon out grown and a larger facility was needed. So, throughout the last 30 years the Club has danced on a regular basis at several different locations in every part of Memphis but what has
remained constant is a love of music, dance, and people.
 

The Memphis Bop Club is now in its 31st year of existence. We are still going strong and still committed to maintaining recognition of the specific style of music and dance known as the "Memphis Bop" and  other forms of dance, as a part of our National Musical Heritage.

Mid-Ohio Boogie Club

New Albany, OH

MBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Swing, Jitterbug, and Shag Dancing and to the Rhythm and Blues music that gave these dances their start.

 

The Mid-Ohio Boogie Club dances every Monday evening at the Winking Lizard, 100 Hutchinson, Columbus, OH. Dance lesson starts at 7 pm. Dancing with our deejay starts at 8 pm.

Midwest United States Imperial Club

Collinsville, IL (St Louis Area)

The Midwestern United States Imperial Club,

known as M.U.S.I.C. opened in July of 1978 as the first swing dance club in Illinois.

 

Music is a non-profit organization. We offer a wide range of dance instructions, special events and social interaction amoun members.

 

Although its members maintain swing timing as a basis for their dancing, M.U.S.I.C. firmly believes swing did not come to a standstill in a particular year, with a particular style, but undergoes continual evolution.

 

We are dedicated to promoting swing dancing and encourage young and old alike to come experience the joy in "dancing". No partner required. 

 

Nominal admission allows you to come early for 1 hour of free dance lessons with our experienced teachers.

 

We have a full bar and the kitchen provides plate specials for every dance.

 

We meet at 1234 Vandalia Sreet, (IL Highway 159) Collinsvile, IL 62234 the VFW Hall . The VFW has a wonderful large wooden dance floor to enjoy, it is one of the best in the area.  M.U.S.I.C. is the largest swing dance clubs in the metro east area.

 

We meet the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month.

Moolah Swing Dance Club

St Louis, MO

The Moolah Shrine Swing Dance Club is a non profit charitable club.

 

Our primary objectives are to promote social swing dance in our area, support the other Midwest Swing Dance Federation and American Bop Association member clubs, and generate interest in social swing dancing

Music City Bop Club

Goodlettsville, TN (Nashville Area)

Welcome to the Music City Bop Club!   Our club is located in Nashville, TN.  

 

We were formed in 1988 as a non profit club dedicated to the style of dance known as Bop & Swing Dancing.  We meet every Saturday night at 7:30 pm in the Maxwell House Lounge at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa Parks Blvd, Nashville TN, 37228, Our dress code on Saturday night is also casual

Come on out - Let's Dance!

 

Ohio's North Coast Jitterbug Connection

Cuyahoga, OH

ONCJC is a non-profit organization formed in 1997 to promote, preserve and enjoy the dance styles made popular during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Among these are East & West Coast Swing, Jitterbug, Beach Bop, St. Louis Imperial Swing, Carolina Shag and other variations of the times.

 

We are proud of our  annual membership, consisting of many  dancers ranging from the ages of 21 to 80.

 

You will discover our annual dues are a bargain, full of member benefits that go on and on!  Guests are always welcome for a nominal fee at the door.

 

Our goal is that your first visit won't be your last!  You will begin to look forward to Wednesday nights, not only for the nice break it will give to your week and wonderful dancing, but also for the lasting friendships you will achieve. 

 

Can't dance? No problem! Beginner dance lessons are available to teach you the basics. More advance lessons in all forms of swing are also available. 

One of many member benefits.

R & B Shag Club of Spartanburg

Spartanburg, SC

The objective of the R & B Shag Club is to preserve, promote, and honor the rhythm and blues beach music sound, the Carolina Shag, and the artists who have contributed to our heritage. The R & B Shag Club was organized in 1981 and held its first dance at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. The Club received its South Carolina State Charter on July 21, 1982.

Shag Atlanta

Roswell, GA (Atlanta Area)

ShagAtlanta was established in 1989 with the merger of two metropolitan Atlanta shag clubs, the North Atlanta Beach Club and the Atlanta Beach Club, the latter being one of the original six shag clubs signing the charter that formed the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs (A.C.S.C.) in 1984. Presently, there are nearly 100 of these enthusiastic shag clubs located all over the country, but predominately in the southeast.

 

ShagAtlanta has made Nemoe's Tavern, located at 6025 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross our home for dancing and socializing. Nemoe’s has a wonderful dance floor, a great atmosphere, and is a fabulous restaurant. Please join ShagAtlanta at Nemoe's every Saturday night starting at 7:00 pm. We also have "Jam Sessions" and other events which are posted on our Schedule. Our annual Christmas Party weekend has been established with shaggers everywhere and is recognized as one the best tickets in town during the holidays.

Smoky Mountain Shaggers

Knoxville, TN

The DJ starts playing Shag music for our Club at 7:00 and we dance until about 9:30 every Sunday evening at the Holiday Inn Cedar Bluff, Knoxville, TN. Our  Club gives lessons from 6:00 to 7:00 each Sunday. Beginner and Intermediate lessons go on at the same time in four week intervals and there is a line dance lesson the 5th week (see the Calendar of Events for the exact dates). We ask that all Beginners start their lessons from the first lesson to the last to get the full benefit.

Southside Imperial Dance Club

St Louis, MO

Beginner and Intermediate lessons will be from 5:15pm to 6:00pm at all of our regular Sunday dances, followed by 3 hours of open dancing where you can practice what you learned.

 

Did you ever try to use your newly learned dance move but cannot quite remember one key step? Well, now you can find that missing step in our new Dance Lesson Video section of the Dance Lessons page for a refresher lesson.

Spa City Bop & Swing Dance Club

Hot Springs, AR

SPA City Dance Club has been Dancing in the Hot Springs community since 2002. We are devoted to preserving Bop, Jitterbug and Swing dancing. We dance on the 2nd, 4th & 5th Friday nights from 7 to 10:00 p.m. Check our Dance Calendar for possible variations in the schedule or location. Our professional disk jockey (Scotty Mack) plays hits from the 1950s to today, and a mix of rock 'n roll, R&B and a little of everything else. Dress is casual. Regular club dances are normally held at the Elk's Lodge (NEW Location) in Hot Springs. Check out the Directions and Map. Aways check the Dance Calendar for any changes from this location. Admission is $4 for members and $8 for guests and visitors. Call 501.412.6016 for updates on dance schedules. www.spacitydanceclub.com Dance lessons are at 6:15 pm on Fridays that we dance. Lessons range from East Coast, West Coast, Country 2-Step, Cajun, Shoddish, Line Dancing, Cha-Cha and Waltz. Our members and guests help teach lessons. No lessons during July and August.

St Charles Imperial Dance Club

St Peters, MO (St Louis Area)

A not for profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Imperial-style swing dancing

 

The St. Charles Imperial Dance Club began in 1984 when a group of 35 members of the St. Louis Imperial Dance Club decided that there were enough St. Charles people involved in swing dancing to form their own club. That idea has grown to a viable club of over 300 members.

 

We are one of eight clubs in the St. Louis and Metro East areas to include the Lake of the Ozarks which are connected through an umbrella organization called the Midwest Swing Dance Federation. All clubs offer each others' members reciprocity. SCIDC is also a member of a national organization called the American Bop Association connecting similar dance style clubs from across the country.

 

We and our sister clubs are not-for-profit organizations, incorporated by the state wherein we reside. The St. Charles Imperial Dance Club is governed by an elected board of directors consisting of six officers and six members-at-large.

St Louis Imperial Dance Club

St Ann, MO (St Louis Area)

The St. Louis Imperial Dance Club was founded in 1973 and incorporated in April of 1977 as a not-for-profit corporation in the state of Missouri by Ross Russo, Lee Martin and Jim Nelson.  Their mission was to operate and maintain a not-for-profit dance club to teach people to dance and use all profits as contributions to charity.  We are the Original Imperial Dance Club in St. Louis and we are 40+ years old now.

Steel City Boogie Club

Pittsburgh, PA

Founded in October 1996 and incorporated in January 1997, the Steel City Boogie Club is a private, non-profit, social dance club dedicated to the preservation and promotion of swing dancing known as the Jitterbug, East Coast Swing, BOP, Carolina Shag, and West Coast Swing. The SCBC was founded for the purpose of uniting the greater Pittsburgh community of swing dancers while providing an inexpensive place to dance on a regular basis.

 

It is further dedicated to helping interested members improve their dancing skills, whether they are beginners or seasoned veterans. Our goal is to become a “family of friends” who become bonded together by our love of fast dancing and the music we play. Our music format is predominantly a rhythm and blues style, characteristic of fast dance music of the Doo Wop era in the 50’s and 60’s; however, we are not an oldies club. Most of the music played at our club consists of "new" releases made over the past decade, popularized in the southern Carolina states and often referred to as “beach music”. However, all members are encouraged to support their Club by attending dances and volunteering to help."

 

SCBC ~ P.O. Box 101095 ~ Pittsburgh, PA 15237

 

SteelCityBoogieClub@gmail.com

 

724-728-SCBC(7222)

Tampa Bay Beach Boppers

Tampa Bay, FL

The Tampa Bay Beach Boppers is a "Non-Profit" Dance Club founded in 1989. We incorporated in 1990 and now support various charities, both in and out of the Tampa Bay area.   The Tampa Bay Beach Boppers contribute one dollar per member in addition to other funds suggested by the Charities Committee and approved by the Board.

 

The Tampa Bay Beach Boppers is a group of people who have an appreciation for "Beach Music" and enjoy various styles of dance which include shag, bop, east coast swing, west coast swing, jitterbug, etc. We offer dance lessons for members who have an interest in learning any of these dances. Most of our members belong to the 40+ "baby boomer" era, but we invite dancers of all ages to come join us and see who we are. TBBB also hosts major 4 day event - BEACH BOOGIE.  This event is held in August.   We also have dance events throughout the year at the American Legion every other Saturday or special events at the Cresent Oaks Country Club.

Top Of Kentucky Boogie Club

Fort Mitchell, KY

Top O’ Kentucky Boogie Association is a local dance club that specializes in East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Carolina Shag, and Jitterbug.  We meet weekly at the Pee Wee’s Place, 2325 Anderson Road on Wednesday Nights.

We offer weekly beginner dance lessons that start at 6:30PM most weeks.

 

Beginning July 15th, 2015, we will begin dancing on Wednesday evenings in Crescent Springs/ Ft Mitchell, KY.

 

Our purpose is to keep the styles of dance of our past alive and thriving for future generations.


Centrally located to Downtown Cincinnati, Southwest Ohio, Southeast Indiana, and Northern Kentucky, come join us for a great time.

West County Swing Dance Club

Manchester, MO (St Louis Area)

The West County Swing Dance Club, St. Louis, Missouri is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Imperial 

Swing Dancing serving the Metro, St. Louis, Missouri area.

 

Imperial Swing Dancing was first developed at a local St. Louis nightclub called 'Club Imperial' and has been said to be a refined version of the Jitterbug.

 

It evolved into a combination of East Coast steps with West Coast swing moves danced in the slot that includes wraps and spins.  

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