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The Club is incorporated as as a non-profit organization. Contributions to the Club are tax-deductible, including membership dues and other donations.

Our Purpose, Philosophy and Vision

  • (a) promote swing dancing and other forms of social dancing;
  • (b) foster a warm, encouraging, and healthful environment for new dancers;
  • (c) create and sustain a sense of community among all swing dancers, swing dance clubs, and swing dance organizations;
  • (d) encourage all interested members to become involved in the Club's activities and to seek elected and appointed offices in the Club.

We especially want to encourage people who are new to swing dancing to become involved in the Club. All club management, activities, and events are run by volunteers. If you are interested in sharing your time, talents, and ideas in any capacity, please contact a current board member for more information!

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees all of the Club's activities, including review and approval of the activities and budgets of the various Club standing or ad-hoc committees, and are elected by Club members annually in the Spring.  The board consists of five officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Membership Director), up to five independent directors, and up to seven committee directors. All Club members are welcome to attend board meetings, please check the Calendar or contact the Club President for details. Please contact the Board if you would like further details or information.

The Founders Committee: This was created by the four original founders of the club (Marla Bach Saltzstine, Sherri Mertle, Steve Wong, and Rosemary Zachary) and also includes Club members who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the philosophy and vision of the Club over the years. The main purpose of this committee is to ensure that TGNSDC does not stray from its original mission. The Founders Committee also administer the annual election for the Board of Directors to limit any potential conflicts of interest.

 Why was the Club started?

A group of swing dancers all learned to dance at the Avenue Ballroom in San Francisco around 1986. Many of these dancers did not realize for a long time that there were other places to swing dance in the Bay Area. As people began to discover other dance venues, an informal phone network developed to pass along information. In November 1988, Kelly Buckwalter and Dominic Yin competed at the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships in Anaheim (and won the Classic Division); about 40 swing dancers from the Bay Area went to cheer them on. Steve Wong and Rosemary Zachary designed T-shirts for this group that said "Swing Dancing. The Next Generation, Into the 21st Century." The group had a very noticeable presence in Anaheim but did not have an official identity. At historical swing dance conventions, dancers had to be members of swing dance clubs to enter some competitions (Club membership is no longer a requirement to enter competitions). This prompted interested dancers to organize and develop an official identity.

When was the Club officially founded?

In January 1989 (June 11th, 1989 1st Fundraiser Flyer), Marla Bach, Sherri Mertle, Steve Wong, and Rosemary Zachary invited all the dancers they knew to a meeting at Marla Bach's house to see if other people had an interest in forming a new swing dance club and to determine what people would expect from a club. Approximately 50 people attended that first meeting and the enthusiasm and interest were unbelievable. A second meeting was held a few weeks later at David Anderson's office at Oracle Corporation. Nominations were solicited and the first Board of Directors was elected. Then a vote was taken on a name for the Club. All the ideas from the first meeting were divided into five areas and groups were formed to further develop these ideas. These groups became the five initial standing committees. Each group chose a leader to represent them on the Board of Directors. These leaders became the first committee directors.

Download the most up-to-date version (15) of the TNGSDC Bylaws

Download the Aug. 20th, 1990 Articles of Incorporation Amendment, making the club a 501(c)(3) non-profit

Download the original May 23rd, 1989 TNGSDC Articles of Incorporation

West Coast Swing (WCS)

West Coast Swing, the State Dance of California since 1989, is a form of swing dancing that evolved on the West Coast in the early 1940s from the Lindy Hop and Jitterbug of the 1920s and 1930s. Unlike other forms of swing dancing with circular patterns, West Coast Swing is danced in a linear slot, allowing a large number of dancers to pack a dance floor. The basic patterns (underarm pass, side pass, push break, whip, etc.) are 6 or 8 counts long, and there are hundreds of intermediate and advanced patterns and syncopations of various lengths, providing endless variety in an evening of dancing.

Who Created West Coast Swing?
Nobody knows for sure. Some claim the dance evolved by necessity in overcrowded California dance halls during World War II. Others credit Dean Collins for creating slot patterns to keep dancers within camera range. Dean was a legendary Lindy dancer who came to California in the late 1930s and choreographed most of the swing dancing performed in Hollywood movies during the next two decades. Some give at least partial credit to Laure Haile, who developed the first syllabus of steps for the Arthur Murray Studios in the mid-1940s based on what she saw the street dancers doing. Whatever its origins, the dance was known as "Sophisticated Swing" or "Western Swing" until the 1950s, when the dance was renamed "West Coast Swing" as a parallel to "East Coast Swing" and to distinguish it from Country-Western dancing.

Do people dance West Coast Swing in other places besides California?
Absolutely! This dance is incredibly popular all over the world, with dancers across
Europe, Asia, South America, Oceania, as well as Canada and the US.
In Texas, Push (Dallas area) and Whip (Houston area) are regional forms of swing dancing that are very similar to West Coast Swing. Although the basic patterns have been around for a long time, the dance continues to evolve as new dance music appears and dancers join the West Coast Swing dance community from other dance backgrounds.

Are there other swing clubs in Northern California?
Yes. Four other swing clubs a bit farther from San Francisco are the Capital Swing Dancers in Sacramento, the Santa Cruz Swing Dance Club, the Redwood Empire Swing Dance Club in Santa Rosa, and the Biggest Little Swing Dance Club in Reno. Some of our members attend their dances, and some of their members come to ours, and some dancers belong to multiple clubs.

There are also several WCS events each week, which may or may not be connected to specific Clubs. Check out the calendar for more details. Lindy classes and other swing dances are also offered throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Go to lindylist.com or swingtalk.com to see what is going on at any given time.

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"tngsdc" or NextGen?

The legal name of the club is "The Next Generation Swing Dance Club".

We often refer to the Club by it's nickname "Next Gen", especially in conversation or more informal documentation. We will sometimes also use the abbreviation "TNGSDC".

Trivia Time!

At the original meeting of interested dancers, in 1989, suggestions for possible Club names came down to a vote between

"The Next Generation Swing Dance Club"


"Rock n'  Rhythm Swing Dance Club".

The final vote was 27 to 25, in favor of TNGSDC.

TNGSDC was suggested by Steve Wong, an avid Star Trek fan. Steve got the idea from a conversation he had with one of the older swing dancers who told him she was glad to see that the next generation of swing dancers had come along to keep swing dancing alive.

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