1st-Fri. Swing


In addition to filling out the waiver/contact-tracing form described on the home page, all those attending HCD 1st-Friday Swing dances must be fully vaccinated, though masks are optional but recommended (please bring your own). 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.

Friday, February 3, we’ll be swinging to one of our most-requested bands and one of the most popular bands in Connecticut, The Cartells. This is a musical ensemble that “transcends the boundaries of style.” Catch up with them here, and enjoy videos of their music here.

Friday, March 3, we welcome back for the umpteenth time (because they’re so popular) Eight to the Bar, arguably the best swing band in Connecticut, if not New England. This is the band that draws the biggest crowds to our dances, and for good reason. Read about them on Wikipedia, and see them perform at Infinity Hall.

Not enough swing for you? Check out HCD’s other swing-dance events, HCD Swing Jam, held in Wethersfield on the fourth Saturday evening of every month (except July and August). More information 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; and there are always lots of eager dancers waiting to dance with you. The dances are from 8:00–11:00, but if you’re newish to swing dancing, from 7:00–8:00 there’s a free beginner’s workshop taught by a professional dance instructor—also a perfect opportunity to meet lots of other dancers.

General admission to the dance is $15, except $12 for seniors (62+), $10 for students with a school ID, and free for children 12 and under (but they must be vaccinated). To get in free, volunteer your time for 45 minutes. 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 typical HCD 1st-Friday Swing dance here.

The HCD 1st-Friday Swing Committee is made up of (l. to r.) Lisa Marie, Steve, Pam, Bruce, 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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