STL Shag & City Jitterbug Weekend

stl-shag-wknd-bannerBack for a second year, the St. Louis Shag & City Jitterbug Weekend will feature:

Two days and two levels of workshops with Jenny Shirar & Christian Frommelt

Live Music and Dancing and The City Jitterbug Contest (cash prize)



Event Information



Treffpunkt (Old St. Matthews Church)

Schedule & Locales

FRIDAY NIGHT Dance w/Sweetie & the Toothaches (now included with weekend registration!)
Casa Loma Ballroom, 3354 Iowa Ave.
8:00 pm lesson, 8:30-midnight dance.
Parking: Paid lot across from ballroom, free upper lot


2720 Cherokee Street (Upstairs Gallery)
11:00am-1:30pm Advanced
3:00-5:30pm Improvers
Parking: street parking, meters enforced on Saturday


SATURDAY dance w/ Gaslight Squares Swing Band
Treffpunkt, 3453 S. Jefferson
8:00 pm doors open
8:15 pm City Jitterbug contest prelims
9:00 pm band hits
~11:05, End of second set: Contest Finals Round 1
~11:40, Beginning of third set: Contest Finals Round 2
Parking: street (Potomac, Texas, Jefferson),
Do not park behind church!



Registration & Tickets

Full-weekend tickets include 5 hours of workshops with your track with instructors Jenny Shirar and Christian Frommelt, entrance to Casa Loma’s regular Friday swing night, and the Saturday night party with The Gaslight Squares Swing Band, dancing, and the City Jitterbug Contest at Treffpunkt, the newly opened event space in the old St. Matthews Church. Early-bird tickets are $85; after that, tickets are $95. The Friday night dance is $10 at the door, and the Saturday dance is $20 online or at the door.

Workshop & Track Info

Workshops will be offered at two levels: Improvers and Advanced. The Improvers Track is for those who have a bit of experience with shag and are looking to build their vocabulary and skills. For absolute beginners, we will offer a brief crash course in Shag on Friday night and then you are welcome to join the improvers track. The Advanced track is for those who have significant experience with St. Louis shag, including regular social dancing of St. Louis Shag. Choose your best fit for now; it can always be adjusted later. If you have a question about what level you should join, talk to us!

The City Jitterbug Contest

We’re bringing it back! In the spirit of the St. Louis Jitterbugs, this will be a winner-take-all throwdown that welcomes diverse swing styles and will encourage you to tear it up on the dance floor! Conceived by George Edick of the Club Imperial and Jitterbug Teddy Cole, the City Jitterbug Contest was a way to hype swing music and attract the best dancers to Club Imperial. It was also a chance for the more seasoned dancers to show the young cats what the Jitterbug was all about! Check out a little history on the City Jitterbug Contest and St. Louis-style Imperial Swing here. The contest will be held on Saturday night; enter with a partner of your choice. $20/couple, all contest entries received will determine the 1st place cash prize.


STL Jitterbugs Code of Conduct

  • STL Jitterbugs is for everyone of every race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or presentation, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, religion, etc. We do not tolerate harassment of any kind. As an adult human being, it is your job to educate yourself about what languages and behaviors constitute harassment.
  • We expect every person to take ownership of their own actions and language. If someone lets you know, verbally or non-verbally, that they are feeling uncomfortable, check your behavior, apologize sincerely, and make a change.
  • Everyone has an absolute right to feel safe and respected at STL Jitterbugs classes and events. We all work together to create an environment of consent, where we respect each other and each others’ boundaries.
  • It’s OK to say no to a dance for any reason, and you do not have to give a reason unless you want to. A “no” or “no thank you” is enough. If someone says no to you, accept it with grace and move on. (e.g. “Would you like to dance?” “No thank you.” “Ok, enjoy the evening!”)
  • STL Jitterbugs is for fun! It’s ok to take risks and try new things, be loud and silly at the right time and place, joke around in an appropriate way, have some drinks (or not), relax and let loose. Before you come, figure out how to do these things in a way that is grown up, respectful of others, and contributes to an overall positive and fun environment. We plan to let the good times roll and we believe that fun is maximized when respect and safety are prioritized.
  • Should you have any issues or concerns arise, talk to Jenny Shirar, Christian Frommelt, or email us at Your concerns will be treated professionally and confidentially.