About Us

What is Traffic Jam!?

Started in 2016 with an idea over brunch, Traffic Jam! is a monthly swing dance in Chicago with a little soul!

We wanted to help grow the scene further and ultimately sought to create a new, vintage jazz-focused weekend workshop in the city, which has been notoriously difficult given the astronomical costs of local venues. Knowing what we wanted to do, we started Traffic Jam! (the dance) to start to raise funds that would be used to put on the larger workshop. We had to run the dance for 2 full years just to pay for the first Second City Swingout, and it was absolutely worth it. We couldn't be prouder to bring a large, regional (and somewhat national) event to the city of Chicago, and we hope to continue running both Traffic Jam! and Second City Swingout well into the future.

As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit in the state of Illinois, we put all of our proceeds back into our events. We keep our costs down as much as possible by relying on the non-swing-dance-related skills of our board members, and we gratefully accept donations (which can be tax write-offs!) from our friends and partners to help us run our events.

If you would like to get involved with Traffic Jam!, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're not currently seeking new board members, but we have many opportunities to volunteer with us (and get free entry to our dances) and we're always on the lookout for local music talent, swing and soul DJs, and instructors. We also run a training program for dancers who are interested in learning to teach swing lessons! If your business or organization is interested in partnering with us for an event, dance, or discount, we'd also love to hear from you!

We love the dance, we love the Chicago scene, and we hope to see you out dancing soon!

—The Traffic Jam! Team

P.S. If you're wondering why we're called Traffic Jam!, wonder no longer...

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John Holmstrom

President

Melissa Rutherfoord

Melissa Rutherfoord

Secretary

Lindsay Longstreth

Lindsay Longstreth

Marketing

Kristi-Lynn Jacovino

Kristi-Lynn Jacovino

Design & Tech

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Roman Huwel

Treasurer

Maegan Washington

Maegan Washington

Board Member

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Arturo Salazar

Board Member