Kick up your heels at the Roaring Twenties Street Jam this weekend

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It may be April Fool’s Day, but don’t be fooled by the Roaring Twenties Street Jam coming this weekend!

The 1920s, also known as “The Jazz Age,” was the birth of many celebrated and passion-driven dances. Did you know that the Charleston and Argentine Tango dances were both banned from many dance halls during the 1920s because they were too scandalous and exuberant? 

This unique event focuses on the most influential dances of the 1920s — the Charleston, Argentine Tango, Solo Jazz and Early Swing.

Celebrate two glorious days and raucous nights  in the Roaring 20s. The fun includes Dance Workshops, Speakeasy Parties, Griffith Park Lawn Party & Merry-Go-Round Party!

Don’t know how to Charleston or early swing dance? You’re in luck, the street jam begins with dance workshops from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Set Shop in DTLA Arts District, 428 Colyton St. in Los Angeles.

Put on your dancing shoes to learn from world renowned dance instructors (Ksenia Parkhatskaya and Sara Deckard to name a few) in Solo Jazz, Charleston, Argentine Tango and Early Swing.

Then put those twinkling toes to good use at a speakeasy party that night in the Set Shop with Holy Crow Jazz Band and special performances by Babylon Cabaret.

The night kicks off with DJ Emmet O’Conlon playing amazing Tango favorites from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by DJ Morgan Day & Holy Crow Jazz Band.

The Babylon Cabaret Show features some of the best cabaret performer in Los Angeles at 11:30 p.m.

Late night dancing continues at midnight with DJ Day.

If you’ll up to it, dance classes resume 10 a.m. Sunday and continue until 2 p.m. They will teach solo dance, Charleston, Cake Walk and Early Swing.

Or sleep in Sunday morning, because you’ll need your strength for the big Street Jam Lawn Party that afternoon from noon to 6 p.m. Pack your picnic baskets, then grab your blankets and dancing shoes!

The Roaring 20s Lawn Party will take place in the lawn area of Griffith Park, directly in front of the Merry-Go-Round.  Just look for the signs and fabulously dressed revelers in their best clothes from the Roaring 20s.

The afternoon event will also feature a Vintage Vendor Village, as well as vintage lawn games such as croquet, cornhole and bean toss.

There will also be live music,  as well as a DJ spinning some jazzy tunes. Be sure to enter the Best Dressed Contests for adults and children. Vintage Photo-Ops will be offered by Immortalis.

By then you should be warmed up for the signature closing event, the Merry-Go-Round Jam from 6 p.m. to midnight. Listen to live music by the California Feetwarmers. Then take a Charleston dance lesson and watch some wonderful dance exhibitions.

Who knows maybe you’ll be inspired enough to  enter the Charleston Solo Dance Contest. We double dog dare you to try!

There’s so much to do and see. The grand finale is a Ukulele off!

Tickets can be purchased separately for each event or as a combo deal (discounted when purchased together).

Saturday’s speakeasy party is only $20. A full day of classes and party pass is $75.

Classes cost $55 on Sunday. The lawn party is $22, while the Merry-Go-Round Party is $40. Or stay for both parties for only $55.

If you can handle two days in the Roaring 20s, it will cost you $145 for the whole package of classes AND parties. What a way to spend April Fool’s Day.

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