1st-Friday Swing

Come to our April dance to swing to the music of Roger Ceresi’s All Starz.

Friday, April 5, we welcome back, by popular demand, Roger Ceresi’s All Starz, who, for the past sixteen years, have been “paying tribute to the greatest music legends of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.” Read all about this fabulous band here.
Friday, May 3, we’ll be swinging to The Cartells, one of Connecticut’s favorite bands. Read about them here, meet the seven band members here, and see and hear them perform here. Find out why we keep bringing them back again and again by joining in on the swinging fun.
Friday, June 14, we’ll be dancing to the music of The Love Dogs, with their red-hot horn section, boogie-woogie piano, stinging Fender guitar, and crazy and charismatic front man with one of the biggest blues voices around. Read about them and enjoy 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. 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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