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We are Retro Rhythm, an online source for all things that Swing! 

Currently located in the Triangle area of North Carolina but always available for online lessons & travel.


We are passionate about all of the dances from the 1920s through the 1950s and have provided
you with the history, music and moves of that exciting time period of Jazz and Swing.  

Retro Rhythm was created to help ensure that these exhilarating dances are not forgotten. Of course as each new generation learns they will make the dances their own, but we feel it's important to remember where they came from and how they were originally danced.

Travel through time as you explore our website...sit back and relax as we take you from the One-Step of the early 20th century to the Jitterbug of the 1950s and into the current day Swing Dance scene.

We want to THANK YOU for being here. For showing an interest in these dances and being a part of the continuously growing community of dancers that are "hep to the jive"!


We are Joel + Jackie Plys 
- the creators of Retro Rhythm. Between the 2 of us we have over 32 years of Swing Dance experience that includes teaching, event planning, DJ-ing, performing, choreographing, competing, and more!


Joel starts his very first swing dance company with partner Valerie Salstrom

Joel Plys and Valerie Salstrom - Get Hep Swing
Joel Plys and Valerie Salstrom - All Balboa Weekend


Joel & Valerie start the first full weekend event devoted to Balboa


Joel started to travel teaching at Swing Dance events in 12 countries around the globe with partner Alison Scola. He still travels occasionally.

Joel Plys and Alison Scola - 2PlySwing
Balboa Rendezvous


Joel creates Balboa Rendezvous (2004-2013) - a weekend long Balboa dance event focused on the history & honoring the Masters of Balboa


Joel taught at and helped organize
a week long Swing Dance camp in Australia for 10 years

Swing Camp Oz - SCOZ
Catalina Swing Dance Festival - Casino Ballroom


26 miles across the sea...Joel put on the most magical Swing Dance event in the Casino Ballroom on Catalina Island for 4 years


Joel is inducted into the Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame.
Camp Hollywood is one of the largest & longest running Swing Dance events

Joel Plys - Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame 2011
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Joel & Jackie Plys created a Swing Dance company in San Diego offering classes, events, performances & more!


Joel is inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.

Joel Plys - California Swing Dance Hall of Fame
Jean Veloz, Joel Plys, Steve Conrad, Forever Young, NBC


Joel had the honor of dancing with legend Jean Veloz on NBC for the show "Forever Young"


Joel & Jackie start a new swing dance

company in the Pacific Northwest.

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Joel & Jackie move to the Triangle are of North Carolina to start their new Swing Dance life! Check out our Events in NC page for the latest updates...







Hi Joel


Thanks for the lesson last Saturday. Just wanted again to say that, with all the lessons I have had over the years that I always learn more from you than other teachers, especially how to make me react quickly and feel better to my partners. Because of that, I am much less tense dancing, and easier to lead now. Your lessons make it more enjoyable for me and for my leaders

G. Whitman

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