Our History

 

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.

INSTRUCTORS

Tip West

Holly Dumaux

Minn Vo

Corina Acosta

Peter Loggins

Lisa Ferguson

Eric Robison

Sylvia Skylar

Justin Zillman

Jenn Salvadori

Christian Thompson

Thea Samuels

David Frutose

Kim Clever

Shawn Carter

Chandrae Roetig

Debbie Carter

Mike Mizgalski

Cassandra Bugg

Nick Williams

Erin Byrne

Kelly Savin

Mike Faltesek

Kevin St Laurent

Carla Heiney

Jo Hoffberg

Sean Morris

Steve Drzewoszewski

Rebecca Drzewoszewski

Tonya Morris

Giselle Anguizola

Caitlin George

Stefan Durham

Bethany Powell

Denise Paulino

Sarah Farrelly

Anthony Wheaton

Claudia Funder

"Aussie" Dave 

Gaby Cook

Dan Newsome

Tiffany Wise

Lainey Silver

Randy Maestretti

Kara Britt

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! 

Andy Reid

Sarah Spence

Nina Gilkenson

Matt Smiley

Skye Humphries

Frida Segerdahl

Michael Jagger

Evita Arce

Nathan Bugh

Peter Strom

Naomi Uyama

Ramona Staffeld

Marty Lau

Jen Urich

Laura Keat

Jeremy Otth

Shesha Marvin

Nikki Marvin

Mikey Pedroza

Ria Debiase

Mickey Fortanesce

Kelly Arsenault

Jason Esparza

Vanessa Cobb

Chance Bushman

Amy Johnson

Patrick Szmidt

Natasha Ouimet

Annie Trudeau

William Mauvais

Maeva Truntzer

Laura Glaess

Mike Roberts

Casey Schneider

Lucy Falkner

Ben White

Ariel Goh

Lorrain O'Neal

Chris Chapman

Mark Kihara

Mia Goldsmith

Michael Seguin

Shelby Johnson

Nika Jin

Chester Whitmore

Sugar Sullivan

Norma Miller

Ryan Francois

Sing Lim

Lennart Westerlund

Jenny Deurell

Sakarias Larsson

Hasse Mattsen

Marie Mattsen

Ryan Calloway

Ann Mony

Christian Frommelt

Jennifer Shirar

Rikard Ekstrand

Pontus Persson

Isabella Gregorio

Mattias Lundmark

Hannah Lundmark

Jessica Lennartsson

Frida Borg

Fatima Teffahi

Felix Berhall

Egle Regelskis

Sharon Davis

Juan Villafante

Todd Yannacone

Pamela Gaizutyte

Thomas Blancharz

Alice Mei

Dax Hock

Sarah Hock

Fredrick Dahlberg

Mimmi Gunnarsson

Peter Flahiff

Adam Brozowski

Ben Yau

Sheri Kang

Jovon Miller

Michela Newman

Josh Scribner

Anthony Peters

Tracy Bartlow

Kevin Harris

Sarah Reich

MUSICIANS

Casey MacGill

Meschiya Lake

Dean Mora

Jonathan Stout

Greg Ruby

Josh Collazzo

Bria Skonberg

Glenn Crytzer

Buddy Catlett

Jason Jurzak

Charlie Halloran

Ham Carson

John Reynolds

Jerome Smith

Solomon Douglas

Hilary Alexander

Albert Alva

Ben Polcer

Matt Weiner

Ray Skjelbred

Julian MacDonogh

Dennis Lichtman

Cassidy Holden

Mike Van Bebber

Julian Smedley

Meredith Axelrod

Pete Peterson

Mike Faltesek

Freddie Dickinson

John Holte

Lance Buller

Stephanie Porter

Jonathan Doyle

Jacob Zimmerman

Saul Cline

Gordon Au

Dave Brown

Dave Holo 

Mike Daugherty

Russell Welch

Nate Ketner

Kevin Buster

Dave Loomis

Brett Nakashia

Bert Barr 

Bridgetown Sextet

Josh Roberts

Paul Lines

Ronnie Pierce

Pearl Django

Paul DeBarros

Portage Bay Big Band

Ray Condo

 

HEAD DJ'S

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 campjitterbug@gmail.com to help us add to this list so it is complete!

Presented by Camp Jitterbug LLC

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