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Jitterbug is a partner dance that features a variety of acrobatic moves. Jitterbug is performed at a fast tempo and features athletic movements such as twirls, splits, and somersaults. A form of swing dancing, jitterbug is performed to high tempo music and incorporates elements from other swing dances, such as the Lindy Hop, jive, and East Coast swing.

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Jitterbug originated in the United States of America between the years of 1930-1940 and later gained popularity in Canada.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Jitterbug is performed in classes and at social dances year round in the GTA.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Bees’ Knees Dance; Lindy Hop Revolution; Annex Dance Academy; The Underground Dance Centre; Arthur Murray Dance Studio; Joy for Dance; National School of Ballet; Access Ballroom; Step with Style; Fred Astaire Dance Studio; Studios1

Cultural Significance


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  • Arthur Murray Dance Studio - Oakville
    9 Lakeshore Rd West
    Oakville, ON L6K 1C1
  • Arthur Murray Dance Studio - North York
    500 Sheppard Ave E
    North York, ON M2K 3C8
  • Arthur Murray Dance Studio - Etobicoke
    3054 Bloor St. West
    Etobicoke, ON M8X 1C1
  • Dance Annex
    527 Bloor St West
    Toronto, ON M5S 1Y5
  • Lindy Hop Revolution
    703 Bloor St. W
    Toronto, ON M6G 1L5
  • Access Ballroom Dance Studio
    276 Main St
    Toronto, ON M4C 4X5
  • National Ballet School
    400 Jarvis Street
    Toronto, ON M4Y 2G6
  • The Underground Dance Centre
    220 Richmond St. W.
    Toronto, ON M5V 1V6
  • Swing Toronto
    805 Dovercourt Rd.
    Toronto, ON M6H 2X4
  • Joy of Dance Centre & Teachers College
    95 Danforth Ave
    Toronto, ON M4K 1N2
  • Fred Astaire Dance Studio
    225 Lakeshore Rd East
    Oakville, ON L6J 1H7
  • Studios1
    27 King William Street
    Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

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