Jared Clemens Dance Instructor and DJ

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a song is worth a million memories.”

DJ Services

Jared the DJ

Jared began to DJ at the young age of 14 under the wings of his father, David Clemens. By 17, he was DJing all on own. He saw how the music he played made the parties and dances better with every song. Music became not only Jared's career, but his passion and life! Jared's friends joke that he is a "living jukebox" because he is always singing and has a song in every situation! In addition to DJing, Jared has also worked as a sound technician for groups such as The Four Townsmen doo wop group and Steel City Blues. Jared has also traveled to more then 20 cities to DJ for their dance weekend and workshop weekends.

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Dance Lessons

Jared the dancer

Jared began his dancing career in Pittsburgh when a friend dragged him to the local social dance at Swing City. He had such a great time and started taking lessons! Since 2008, Jared has been traveling the country and dancing in various cities such as L.A., Chicago, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Virginia Beach, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Columbus and Ann Arbor. Never forgetting how he himself started out, Jared strives to make every person he dances with feel welcome and fuels their confidence by making the experience light-hearted and fun. The Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, and Blues are Jared's favorite styles, but he is a avid lover of all dance.

Jared's weekly lessons are held at the Wightman Community Center. No partner required!

You can attend a full four week course for $50 or two for $70. Drop in lessons are $15.

Student Discount: $30 for one full week course or two for $50.

Pay by cash, check, or paypal

Lindy Hop 1

The Granddaddy of Swing Dancing and most famous style. We get into the basics of this street swing dance and will get you dancing and feeling good dancing to all styles of swing music.

Mondays 7:00pm - 8:00pm

September 10th, 17th, 24th and October 1'st

Lindy Hop 2

We will continue with what we learned in Lindy Hop 1 and add better technique and more moves. We will increase your vocabulary and help your confidence with this amazing dance

Mondays 8:15pm - 9:15pm

September 10th, 17th, 24th and October 1'st

Lindy Hop 3

We are going to take you to the next level of Lindy Hop with better technique and fine tuning your swingouts. we will add some moves and musicality to your dancing. You must have taken Lindy 2 for this class.

Mondays 7:00pm - 8:00pm

October 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th

Ballroomin' Blues

We will take you to the old ballrooms and show you how we dance to the best blues music that we all love. This is a fun dance that will help you in all of your other styles of dance as well as help you for Pittsburgh’s weekly blues dances and late nights after Swing City.

Mondays 8:15pm - 9:15pm

October 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available for individuals, couples, and small groups. Focus your skills in Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Blues, Charleston, or Aerials. Jared also offers wedding choreographies.

Rates for privates are reasonable, and there are discounts available for referrals and students. You can contact Jared for information about pricing.

Hep Cats

A local dance charity group

Hep Cats

Hep Cats is made up of swing and lindy dancer from around Pittsburgh. We get together once a month and dance at nursing homes across Pittsburgh. We do not put together any choreographed performance - just a casual dance.

There is no obligation to join Hep Cats - simply show up at the nursing home and have a good time. If you are interested in joining us, sign up for our mailing list below.


Listen to what others are saying about Jared.

“Jared is an extraordinary instructor. We had been doing the Lindy "wrong" for decades. He cleaned up our act in three lessons. Pittsburgh dancers are lucky to have Jared in the house!.”

-Bear Brandegee

“We stumbled upon this venue when searching for dancing in the burgh. I've taken a few salsa and swing lessons before visiting but none of those lessons came close to the quality of the one taught by Jared Clemens. He provided instruction with the help of Miss Pennsylvania, gave graduated instruction on the basic swing steps and provided entertaining detail on the etiquette of dancing with a partner through the whole process. What I appreciated most though was the layout of the class. Jared had us switching partners with each new move and this is truly how I was able to understand how the moves should feel as we were all helping eachother with our varying levels of experience. I sooooo highly recommend this class to anyone/everyone or just show up after the class to swing dance all night in the best possible atmosphere! Live music too, by the way.”

-Alexia Pursely


You can contact Jared by email or phone.