Swing Jam

Masks and vaccinations are strongly encouraged, and we ask that all attendees complete the waiver/contact-tracing form described on the home page, Also, as was the case prior to the pandemic, drinking water and paper cups will be provided, but if you prefer not sharing the water spigot with others, feel free to bring your own water.

Saturday, December 24, is of course Christmas Eve, so because our traditional fourth-Saturday dance falls this month on a holiday, there will be no December Swing Jam. See you in January.

Saturday, January 28, we make up for having missed a December Swing Jam (because it would have fallen on Christmas Eve) by enjoying dancing to music played by one of our very favorite DJs, Mr. Jazzman Entertainment himself, Dave Elwell. Read about Dave here. Wanna learn the salsa line dance? Our very own  Savio Chang will teach you how to do it in the free lesson.

Saturday, February 25, we welcome back one of our favorite DJs, and maybe the person who’s DJ-ed at our events more than any other, Tricia Lea, a teacher and student of dance for over 15 years. Recognized as a local talent in the west coast swing dance world, Tricia will also provide the free lesson in west coast swing.

Not enough swing for you? Check out HCD’s other swing-dance events, HCD 1st-Friday Swing, held in West Hartford on the first Friday evening of every month. More information here.

On the fourth Saturday evening of every month (except July and August) lovers of swing gather from 8:00–10:00 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.

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 annual Halloween HCD Swing Jam, held October 22. See more photos here and a short video of some of the dancers parading in costume 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, 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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