UPCOMING HCD 1ST-FRIDAY SWING DANCES
All attendees 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. For details on special COVID related requirements, see the home page. Finally, because of the possibility of last-minute changes, check back here before coming to ensure our dance is still on.
Friday, October 7, we welcome one of Connecticut’s most popular bands, Eight to the Bar, ” known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements, highlighted by female vocals.” There’s lots more about them here, and enjoy a taste of their music here.
Friday, November 4, get ready to swing to Six Pack of Blues (Fran Drew, vocals; Russ Perrier, bass; Wendy Mancini, sax; Tom Moore, guitar; Steve Savaria, drums; and Sante Isopo, sax and harmonica). Read about “the band to get you dancing the night away” here, and enjoy a sample of their music here. They were a smash hit the last time they played for us.
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.
Admission to the dance is $12, $10 for seniors (62+) and students with a school ID. Children 12 and under are free but must be vaccinated. To get in 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.
View a video of a typical HCD 1st-Friday Swing dance here.
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.