1st-Friday Swing

The ever-popular Cartels will be with us at our December dance.

Friday, December 14, The Cartells will be our swinging band. Yes, the date is correct: this is the second Friday of the month, an exception this month. But come anyway to dance to a band that’s “transcending the boundaries of style.” Read about them and listen to a sampling of their music here.
Friday, January 4, we kick off the new year by dancing to the popular Bales & Gitlin, a band other musicians hire for their own affairs. Read about them, meet the band, and hear their unique sound here.
Friday, February 1, we look forward to swinging to the music of The Chris Leigh Band, with their dynamic, high-energy rhythms. Read about the band here, and enjoy their toe-tapping 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. 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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