jitterbug dance contest, San Francisco. The jitterbug dance was very popular in the late 1930's. It had people going crazy! The jitterbug is a kind of dance popularized in the United States in the early twentieth century and is associated with various types of swing dances such as the Lindy Hop, jive, and East Coast Swing.
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing | 1939 Meet Me At The Savoy! Photo Series (1 of 4) The Savoy Ballroon was located in Harlem New York and open from 1926 to 1958. It was one of the most famous dance halls of the swing era and home to legendary dancers like Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Leon James and Al Minns. The Savoy was an integrated ballroom unlike many of it’s contemporary ballrooms like the Cotton Club.