Swing Jam

The special guest DJ at our March dance will be Kelly Madenjian.

Unless otherwise noted, the free dance lesson will be taught by the DJ.
Saturday, March 28, dance, fitness, and yoga instructor Kelly Madenjian will be our guest DJ, and for the free lesson Kelly will provide tips on how to do the cha cha. Kelly is a seven-time USA Dance National Ballroom Rhythm and American Nine Dance champion. Read more about her and enjoy photos of her dancing here.
Saturday, April 25, one of our favorite DJs and dance instructors, Janie Dumont, will be with us again playing the tunes and, for this event, showing us how to dance the fast-moving, energetic hustle, a unique dance that has some features of mambo, salsa, and swing. Meet up with Janie on her Facebook page here.
Saturday, May 12, we welcome back DJ (and professional drummer and emcee) Dave Elwell, who’s bound to keep us on our swingin’ toes. Keep tabs on Dave through his Facebook page here. Also making an appearance will be Joel Silvestro, who will be teaching a free waltz lesson.

On the fourth Saturday evening of every month (except July and August) lovers of swing gather from 8:15–11:00 at the Griffith Academy in Wethersfield for the HCD Swing Jam. Though swing is not the only draw (our professional DJs also throw in the occasional waltz, Latin, foxtrot, hustle, and night club two-step), it is the main event. For those who are new to these dance forms, or for those who want to brush up on their moves, the dance is preceded by a free lesson from 7:15–8:15 taught by a professional dance instructor. Those taking the lesson should arrive by 7:10 to ensure an on-time start.

General admission to the dance is $10.00, $8.00 for students (with school ID, please), and free for volunteers. If you’d like to be included on our roster of prospective volunteers, complete the form at the bottom of this page, including your name, email address, and “I’D LIKE TO BE A PROSPECTIVE VOLUNTEER” in the Subject field.

Every HCD Swing Jam is special, but the Annual Halloween Celebration Night, to which many dancers come in costume, is truly unique. Above and here are some of the dancers who came in costume to last year’s dance. (See photos from the 2017 Halloween Celebration Night here.)

View a video of a recent Swing Jam here.

View a printable schedule of upcoming Swing Jam and all other HCD events here.

The HCD Swing Jam Committee is made up of (l. to r.) Lisa (chair), Phil, Corrine, Susan, Chris, and Savio.

The HCD Swing Jam Committee will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Get in touch with them concerning HCD Swing Jams by completing the form below.

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