1st-Friday Swing

We’ll be swinging to The Cartells at our November dance.

Friday, November 1, come swing to one of the most popular bands in New England, The Cartells. They’ve played for us many times before, and each time we get more requests to bring them back. See and hear their music here, and find out more about them here.
Friday, December 13, we welcome a new-to-us group, the Hot Cat Jazz Band. Come for their big-band swing and classic rock that will have you tapping your toes, snapping your fingers—and dancing, of course. Read all about them here, and sample some of their music here. (Note that for this month we dance on the second Friday.)
Friday, January 3, Roger Ceresi’s All Starz will be the band at our first dance of the new year, paying tribute to the greatest music legends of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Come on out and see why this is one of our favorite bands. Read about them here and see pictures of them and their fans on Facebook 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.

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