1st-Friday Swing

The ever-popular Eight To The Bar will be providing the music at our March dance.

Friday, March 6, we’ll be swinging to Eight to the Bar, arguably the most popular swing band in this part of the country, and winner of the 2018 CT Now Best of Hartford Readers’ Poll for best overall band or artist. Read about this popular band here, and see them in action here.
Friday, April 3, we welcome back, for the umpteenth time, The Cartells. Wanna know why we have them back each year? ’Cause you ask for them: they’re one of your favorites. Read about one of New England’s most popular bands here, and enjoy a sampling of their music here.
Friday, May 1, we swing to The Hot Cat Jazz Band, six swingers who specialize in  classic rock, big-band jazz, and of course swing—all music designed to have you snapping your fingers, tapping your toes, and dancing. Read all about them and hear their music 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—also a perfect opportunity to meet lots 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 HCD 1st-Friday Swing Committee is made up of (l. to r.) Lisa Marie, Steve, Pam, Bruce, Michèle, Kate (chair), Paul, and Nate.

The HCD 1st-Friday Swing Committee will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Get in touch with them concerning HCD 1st-Friday Swing dances by completing the form below.

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