IMPERIAL SWING Definition:
'Imperial Swing' is a cross between East Coast and West Coast Swing as it is done in slot and in the round.
It started at the Club Imperial in St Louis. George Edick, who owned the club, let teenagers dance on the lower level and the swing dancers of the time taught them what was learned from their trips to the east coast.
As people traveled around, they added parts of west coast, bop and Carolina shag to complement the dance and make it distinctive. People can tell the difference between St. Louis dancers and dancers from other parts of the country.
"The Imperial" has elements of "East Coast", "West Coast", "Carolina Shag" and "Bop".

Swing 1

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5th Week -

Swing 1 - 1st Friday

Basic Step

Basic Closed Position Ladies Glide Away

Open Position

Simple Return


Swing 1 - 4th Friday

Basic Step

Basic Closed Position

Left Side Pass

Simple Return


Swing 1 - 2nd Friday

Basci Step

Basic Closed Position Walkout

Ladies Underarm Turn Open Position

Simple Return

Swing Dance Lessons,  Country Lessons,  Line Dance Lessons,  in St Louis

Swing 1 - 3rd Friday

Basic Step

Basic Closed Position

Mans Glideaway

Open Position

Simple Return


Easy, Social, Swing Dance Lessons are held every Friday Night and every 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month at:

Concord Farmers Club Hall, 10140 Concord School Rd., St. Louis, MO 63128  (Near Hwy 270 & Tesson Ferry Rd.  Next to SPERRENG Middle School)

FRIDAYS:   Lessons 7:00-8:00 pm.   Dance 8:00-11:00 pm. 

We have five (5) Group Dance Lessons going on at the same time.
Four (4) of the Lessons are 'Beginner to Advanced' levels of 'Social Swing'.

And one (1) is a 'Bonus Lesson'.  Bonus Lessons are usually a Line Dance or a Country Dance.  

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The Bonus Lesson could be a Line Dance, Country 2-Step, Waltz, Nightclub 2-Step, West Coast Swing, Stationary Cha Cha, River Waltz, Salsa, Specialty Dance, Mixer, or any other dance our members are interested in learning.


SUNDAYS:   Lessons 2:00-2:30 pm.   Dance 2:30-6:00 pm.

On the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month...we offer a Beginner Swing Dance Lesson and a Line Dance Lesson.

You do not have to have a partner.
There are usually other men and women taking lessons that come without partners.
No reservation or pre-sign up necessary.  Just show up.
Pay as you go.  Start on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th week in the month, it does not matter.

Leather soled shoes are recommended.

Dress is casual.

Cost for Friday Night admission is $10.00 per person.  Lessons are FREE with paid admission.

Semi-Private and Private Lessons are available on weekdays, weeknights, and weekends, depending on availability.
Contact Terry at 314.603.6337 or Email 'terryjames@jitterswing.com