News Release| Veterans Affairs; Cal State L.A.


Jitterbug Ball features renowned L.A. swing music band,
swing lessons and dancing to help
Cal State L.A. assist its student military veterans

WHAT: Jitterbug Ball, taking place at the American Legion in Hollywood and featuring Los Angeles’ renowned swing band Campus Five and The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, will do more than provide entertainment and dancing—it will help military veterans at Cal State L.A. earn their college degrees.

Taking place Saturday, Feb. 4, proceeds generated by the Jitterbug Ball will be used by CSULA’s Office of Veterans Affairs to help veterans navigate their college military benefits, develop programs, and build camaraderie among the University’s more than 600 student veterans.

“We are responsible for ensuring they [student veterans] have access to a streamlined system of support,” said CSULA Veterans Affairs Coordinator Laura Shigemitsu. “Besides helping them manage and receive their Montgomery GI Bill or Post-911 GI Bill benefits, we [her team of work-study student veterans] provide a variety of assistance to those on campus who have served, often in ways they might not necessary think of.” 

At 7 p.m. in the American Legion hall, Shigemitsu and Mike Mizgalaski will provide swing dancing lessons that will enable participants to quickly try out their new moves when open dancing begins at 8 p.m.

Shigemitsu is a world champion dancer and accomplished dance teacher. She is skilled in a variety of ballroom and social dances, and has been invited to teach at dance camps and festivals in Hong Kong, Canada, and across the U.S.

“This will be a wonderful and exciting event,” said Shigemitsu. “The music will be exceptional, the dancing will be fast paced and everyone will have a blast. Swing dancing isn’t only fun to do—just watching is a great time as well.”

WHEN/WHERE: The Jitterbug Ball will take place Saturday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m., at American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood, located at 2035 North Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068. Click here for a map.

Tickets: (event is free for the media)

•              Presale tickets are available at CSULA for $10 for students/$15 non-students: call (323) 343-5080. Cal State L.A. is located at 5151 State University Dr. in Los Angeles at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of 10 and 710 freeways (click here for a campus map).

•              Day-of-event tickets are available starting at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Best Western Hollywood next to the American Legion: $15 students/$20 non-students.

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