All Traffic Jam! classes, events, and workshops cancelled through April.

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Get Involved with Traffic Jam!

Traffic Jam Swing is dedicated to keeping the spirit of vintage swing dancing alive in Chicago. We work to grow the scene both by providing a space to dance as well as helping the community learn and grow. We invite you to not only enjoy our events but also to help us build this wonderful community!


We rely heavily on our volunteers to keep costs down and provide people with a simple way to get involved. We need people to help us with set up before the event, running the front desk during the event, and cleaning up after. As a thank you, volunteering for our monthly event allows you to get free entry!

During our larger events, we will have even more ways to get involved so stay tuned for those opportunities.

Fill out our Volunteer Survey


We rely on donations to help us create unforgettable events. With your support, we are able to hire more musicians and invite more internationally recognized teachers to our city. Since we are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit in the state of Illinois, your contributions are also tax-deductible.

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Sponsor a Student

If you would like to sponsor a student to take one of our classes, we run a scholarship program that you can help us fund! Your donation will allow a student to attend one of our 4-week courses. If you would like to sponsor a student, simply purchase a gift card in our store and send it to our email address [email protected] directly. If you'd like your sponsorship to remain anonymous, please let us know in the message, otherwise we will share your contact information with the selected student(s).

Sponsor an Event

We’re always looking for local businesses that we can work with and promote at our events. Each partnership is unique and we want to provide all our our partners with visibility and recognition for your support. If you would like to discuss opportunities for sponsorship, please contact [email protected]

DJs / Musicians

Are you interested in Djing on of our events? Are you part of a band that would love to perform in a room full of dancers? Dj’s and Musicians provide the music that is the heart and soul to our events. If you are interested in being hired for an event, please contact [email protected] to let us know.

Teacher Training

If you’re interested in learning to teach, we have a selective program to allow new teachers to gain experience in working with large classes. Through this program, you will be partnered with a more experienced teacher who will mentor you on how to deliver an effective class. You will work with your mentor to teach 3 classes, each followed by a feedback session. Teaching is a great way to not only hone your own understanding of the dance, but also help newcomers enjoy this fantastic art form.

All classes and dances cancelled through April

In light of the current situation, we've effectively cancelled all Traffic Jam! classes and events through April. We are hoping to continue our regular programming in May, but we will follow the recommendations of the doctors and scientists who are researching Covid-19 and will keep you updated here, on our website, and via our newsletter.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.

If you would like to make a donation to help us support the artists and instructors who have lost work during these shutdowns, we welcome donations!

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Thank you again for all of your support and encouragement, it is not going unnoticed. We are so proud to be part of this community and we hope to see you out dancing again soon!

—The Traffic Jam! Team