Who are we?

And what is the Java Jive?


The Chicago Swing Dance Society (CSDS), based at the University of Chicago, is the city's longest-running non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion, promotion, and preservation of swing dancing. We serve the student body at UChicago as well as the swing dance community of the greater Chicago area through social dances and classes.

Our weekly social dance, the Java Jive, started in the Reynolds Club C-Shop on 57th and University in 1997 before moving in late 1999 to its current location at Ida Noyes Hall to accommodate growing attendance.

Our Saturday night Java Jives have been and always will be free for both students and the public
No special dance shoes, partner or swing dancing ability necessary!
At every jive, we offer a Beginner Swing lesson from 7:30 - 8:30 pm
and DJ-ed open dancing from 8:30 - 11:00 pm

Please read our Code of Conduct page for more information on social dancing etiquette!

Come dance with us!