Swing Jam


Saturday, March 23, we’ll be dancing to music especially selected for us by our DJ for the evening, dancer and dance instructor Joanne Lapierre of the Rhode Island dance complex Studio One. Joanne competes in the pro and pro-am categories in West Coast swing and has been a top-place finisher in multiple competitions throughout the U.S. For the free lesson, Joanne will be teaching the nightclub two step.

Saturday, April 27, we welcome a new-to-us DJ for the evening, Ken Merrifield, who for sure will be playing the music we love to swing (and do other dances) to. Have you been wanting to learn to dance the hustle? Well, this is your chance: Hustle on over to this dance as Savio Cheng and Megan Tierney, both hustlers themselves, will be teaching the hustle in the free lesson.

Not enough swing for you? Check out HCD’s other swing-dance events, HCD West Hartford Swing, held in West Hartford (of course) usually on the first Friday evening of every month. More information here.

May 25: DJ Joni Fraser, with a free cha-cha lesson.
June 22: DJ TBD, with a free lesson TBD.

On the fourth Saturday evening of every month (except July and August) lovers of swing gather from 8:00–10:30 at Temple Beth Torah 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. Also, there’s a free lesson featuring swing and other dances from 7:15–8:00. See a video of one of our dances here.

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.

Some of the swingers at the last annual Halloween HCD Swing Jam. See more photos here.

View a video of a typical HCD Swing Jam here.

The HCD Swing Jam Committee is made up of (l. to r.) Lisa (chair), Phil, Susan, Chris,  Savio, and Tommy (not pictured).

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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