Started by Tonya Morris (Surface at the time), Camp Jitterbug began as a much smaller event called Jitterbug Weekend in May 2000 with Tip & Holly and Minn & Corina teaching in Ballard, WA. We had a great response and dancers were eager to start learning from nationally known dancers. We continued holding Jitterbug Weekends for many years every few months...these JBW's featured one or two couples. On the one year anniversary of that first Jitterbug Weekend, we decided to expand the event by bringing out more instructors and calling it Camp Jitterbug. It was a huge success so every Memorial Day weekend, we featured different instructors and grew the event year after year.
With over 20 years of growing CJ, we have gone from 50 attendees to 500! To keep the down home "Seattle" feel at the event, we have not moved to a hotel. We searched for eclectic and beautiful vintage ballrooms and studios. We book venues in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, we have a wonderul staff of talented organizers and helpers, amazing instructors from around the world and incredible jazz musicians. It has been many fun years of learning, trial & error and growth to make CJ what it is today. It has been such an honor to start something that has become much bigger than what we intended and to see the talent that has made it so successful.
We always like to mix it up and had 10 years of The Jump Session Show which was a wonderful kick off to the event. Now we are adding The Northwest Lindy Hop Championships to Camp Jittebug which we are very excited about.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years. We couldn't have done it without you.
Kevin St Laurent
20 Years of Incredible Talent
We have featured amazing talent over the years. A special thank you to the organizers, instructors and musicians who have shaped Camp Jitterbug and inspired all of us!
ORGANIZERS & SUPPORT STAFF
Tonya Morris, Melissa & John Hammond, Casey Schneider, Jo Ann Coker, Jason Warner, Lee Broxson, Tim Ames, Gavin MacDougall, Ben Holness, Ariana Coveney, Brent Keane, Jenna Applegarth, Kristin Goff, Christine Corey, Tena Morales, Mike Darigol, Max Aquino, Joshua McClean, Gaby Cook, Tony Gault, Andrew Thigpen, Karen Turman, Mark Kihara, Jessie Phillips, Colin Hay, Melinda Johnson, Claire Burke, Koren Wake, Crystal Warner, Bethany Kankelborg, Kelly Edmonston, Ben White, Ariel Goh, Sarah Farrelly, Ben & Sheri Yau, Lucy Falkner, Joel Schwarz, Tony Gault, Bobby Bonsey, Marc Dodobara, Danny Ngan, Brett Dahlenburg, Jess Keener, Brian Eley, Christy Trimble, Adam Brozowski, Lorraine O'Neal, Heather Moore, Viola Spencer, Chip Nixon, Jason Reavis, Mark Krida, Kamron Sammons, Tammy Foss, Dave Flajole, Freddie Dickinson, Hallie Kuperman & the Century Ballroom staff and many more!
Mike Van Bebber
Portage Bay Big Band
DJ Reuben Brown
DJ Travis Whetman
DJ Nick Davis
We are having to rely on memory for many of the earlier years so please email Tonya at to help us add to this list so it is complete!