1st-Friday Swing

At the September dance we swing to the Hot Cat Jazz Band.

Friday, September 7, we welcome the Hot Cat Jazz Band, who specialize in not only swing but big-band jazz and classic rock as well. Whatever they play, you’re gonna love swinging to their infectious sound. Read about them and enjoy a taste of their music here.
Friday, October 5, get your swinging shoes on for Eight To The Bar, 2018 winner of the CTNOW Best of Hartford Reader’s Poll for best overall band or artist. Read about Connecticut’s favorite swing band here.
Friday, November 2, we’ll be swinging to Roger Ceresi’s “All Starz,” who will be “paying tribute to the greatest music legends of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.” This band is  guaranteed to make you reminisce and dance all night. Learn about them here.

In sheer numbers of dancers, the monthly HCD Swing dance, usually held on the first Friday evening of every month, is our most popular event. It’s not unusual to have more than 200 dancers come out for this dance. And for good reasons: we bring in the best bands from New York City, Boston, and all around New England; the air conditioned West Hartford Town Hall auditorium’s wooden dance floor is truly made for swing; the refreshments couldn’t be better; and there are always lots of eager dancers waiting to dance with you. The dances are from 8:30–11:30, but if you’re newish to swing dancing, come at 7:30 for an hourlong free beginner’s workshop taught by a professional dance instructor. This also allows you to meet a lot of other dancers.

Free refreshments at First Friday Swing.

Admission to the dance is $12, $10 for seniors (62+) and students with a school ID. There’s even a way to enjoy the fun for free: volunteer your time for 45 minutes and we waive your admission. To be included on our roster of volunteers, complete the form below with your name, email address, and “I’D LIKE TO VOLUNTEER” in the Subject field.

A free swing workshop taught by a professional dance instructor before the dance begins.

View a video of a recent 1st-Friday Swing dance here.

View a printable schedule of upcoming 1st-Friday Swing
and all other HCD events here.

The point person for HCD Swing is Kate, and she’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you’d like to get in touch with her concerning HCD Swing, complete the form below.

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