We are Hartford Community Dance, but you can call us by our nickname, HCD. We are a nonprofit, educational organization with one main goal—to provide folks in central Connecticut who love to dance as much as we do with opportunities to satisfy their dancing needs. We do this by having dances—lots and lots of alcohol-free and smoke-free swing, contra, Cajun/zydeco, and mostly-waltz dances in Central Connecticut. Except for our Scandi events and one of our two monthly swing dances—the one we affectionately call Swing Jam—we enjoy live bands at our dances. (At Swing Jam we feature professional disk jockeys). Our bands are the very best and come to us from near and far. We’ve been putting together dances for more than thirty years, bringing the joy of dancing to literally thousands of Connecticut dancers, and we’re delighted to have you join us.
During the pandemic, HCD events are limited to those fully vaccinated against COVID-19, i.e., at least two Pfizer or Moderna, or one J&J vaccination, and we strongly recommend boosters. Attendees must show proof of vaccination (copies and photos are acceptable), and will be asked to provide their name, signature, and contact info (telephone or email) on a sign-in sheet to confirm that they’re fully vaccinated, that they’re not ill, that they understand they’re attending at their own risk, that they’ll comply with HCD’s safety requirements, and that they won’t hold HCD responsible or liable for any injury they might receive or any communicable disease they may be exposed to at the dance.
Masks are now required at some HCD dances. Consult this website’s page of the dance you’ll be attending to find out if masking will be required and, if you’ll be attending, please bring your own. Also, at some of our events proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the beginning of the HCD event is also acceptable. Check the webpage of the event you will be attending to see if a negative PCR test is acceptable for admission.
UPCOMING HCD DANCES
Saturday, Aug. 13: 2nd-Sat. Contra (more info)
Friday, Sept. 2: Quiet Corner Contra (more info).
Friday, Sept. 9: 1st-Friday Swing (more info).
Saturday, Sept. 10: 2nd-Sat. Contra (more info)
Sunday, Sept. 18: Scandi (more info).
Saturday, Sept. 24: Swing Jam (more info).
Sunday, Oct. 2: Mostly Waltz (more info).
Friday, Oct. 7: 1st-Friday Swing (more info).
Friday, Oct. 7: Quiet Corner Contra (more info).
Sunday, Oct. 16: Scandi (more info).
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PAYMENT FOR ENTRY TO HCD EVENTS
HCD is a nonprofit, but admission to most HCD events requires a small payment that’s used to cover expenses such as rental of the venue where the event takes place, musicians or DJs who supply the music, insurance, etc. At most events volunteers are admitted free or at a reduced rate; others may make payment either by cash or check. Consult the page of the event you’ll be attending to find out how to volunteer and the amount of the admission fee, if any.
HCD 1ST-FRIDAY SWING & HCD SWING JAM
Whether you enjoy east- or west-coast swing, or maybe something in between, you’re gonna love our two swing dances every month. If live music is your preference, swing with us at the West Hartford Town Hall on the first Friday evening of each month. New to swing? Come for a free lesson before the dance begins. Learn more about HCD 1st-Friday Swing dance here. You say you enjoy swinging to DJ music? Then HCD Swing Jam is just the dance for you. It’s on the fourth Saturday evening of each month (except July and August) at Temple Beth Torah in Wethersfield. Learn more about HCD Swing Jam here.
HCD QUIET CORNER CONTRA & HCD 2ND-SATURDAY CONTRA
HCD has two monthly contra dances—HCD Quiet Corner Contra dances on the first Friday of every fall, winter, and spring month at Patriots Park Lodge in Coventry, and HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra dances at Temple Beth Torah in Wethersfield on the second Saturday of every month. Both feature live music and a free lesson preceding each dance. Learn more about the 2nd-Saturday Contra dances here and Quiet Corner Contra dances here.
No, you don’t have to live in a Louisiana bayou to enjoy dancing to this toe-tapping live-band music: you’d be surprised how many Connecticut Yankees enjoy this high-energy dance form. HCD Cajun/Zydeco dances are held at Temple Beth Torah in Wethersfield on the third Saturday of autumn, winter, and spring months (no Cajun/zydeco dances during the summer). Come for a free lesson at the start of these dances to learn what you’ve been missing, and read more about these popular dances here.
HCD MOSTLY WALTZ
These more relaxing dances are held when we should be relaxing—Sunday afternoons—at Temple Beth Torah in Wethersfield. We call it mostly waltz because though most of what the live bands play are indeed waltzes, there are plenty of other dance forms to let you practice your other moves, too. Bring a partner or come alone; there will be plenty of others to dance with. HCD Mostly Waltz dances are are held on the first Sunday of each month, though not during the summer. Find out more about these dances here.
HCD SCANDINAVIAN DANCE
The newest addition to the HCD family of dance events, Scandi features dances popular in the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. These are couple turning dances, some of which even resemble swing dances, and they’re taught by Charlie, who’s been an instructor of this dance form since 1977. The dances, which are free of charge, are not held on a regular schedule, so check here from time to time to find out about upcoming HCD Scandinavian Dance events.