Love Will Be In the Air at Pasadena Senior Center’s Great American Swing Band Valentine’s Day Concert

Published on Feb 9, 2023

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and there’s no better way to celebrate the season of love than by enjoying live music and dancing the night away.

This year, the Pasadena Senior Center is again hosting a Valentine’s Day Swing Band Concert and Dance, a special event that promises to bring some of the best swing music to the area.

The Great American Swing Band will be performing danceable favorites from the Big Band era and beyond, making this concert and dance the perfect place to spend the evening with loved ones.

“Our guests love to be festive and some wear Valentines colors, but there is not actual requirement,” Akila Gibbs, Executive Director of the Pasadena Senior Center, said. “We just decided 20 years ago to start a Valentine’s Day Dance, and it’s lovely because many times, couples will dress up in Valentine’s inspired clothing, a red tie or something with a heart on it. But it’s a lot of fun, and our seniors love to dance and they love live music.”

During previous Valentine’s Day dances, dancers, both Senior Center members and guests had so much fun that many often stayed over time. Staff had to ask them to leave, Gibbs recalled.

“That’s how much fun they’re having. We had to flash the lights, call last dance, which is always a lot of fun,” she said. “If you don’t know how to swing dance, we’ll have someone there to teach you how to swing dance. It’s a wonderful event! And live music… what a gift to have live music. People love live music.”

The event is open to the public, and there is a slight discount for members of the Pasadena Senior Center. For just $7 for members and $10 for everyone else, attendees can enjoy a night filled with great music, light snacks, and plenty of dancing.

To sign up for the event, visit and click on the “Register Online” button on the page.

The Pasadena Senior Center, at 85 E. Holly St., is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has served older adults for more than 60 years.


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