UPCOMING 1ST-FRIDAY SWING DANCES
Friday, August 2, we welcome a new (to us) swing band, Miss Paula & the Twangbusters. Come dance to high-energy juke joint honkytonk music on piano, guitar, steel guitar, doghouse bass and drums, with dynamic vocals. See and hear them in action here, and join them on Facebook here.
Friday, September 6, we’re in for another memorable evening dancing to one of our very favorite groups, Roger Ceresi’s All Starz. Swing to them as they pay tribute to the greatest music legends of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. This is truly “music with grit, soul, and passion.” Read about them here and reconnoiter their Facebook presence here.
Friday, October 4, we’ll be swinging to the winner of the the Best Overall Band title in the CT Now 2018 Readers’ Poll, Eight To The Bar. Check out some of their newest music (from their 12th CD) here, and read all about this most-popular band 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.
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.
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.