West Hartford Swing


Friday, March 1, isn’t quite yet spring, nonetheless we’ll be springing into swing-dance mode by welcoming to the dance floor arguably our most popular band, Eight to the Bar. They need no introduction but, just in case, find out all about them here, meet up with them on Facebook here, and see and hear them in action here.

Friday, April 5, we welcome back one of our favorite dance bands, The Cartells, “a band transcending the boundaries of style.” Each time we’ve had them—and there have been many times—our dancers have asked for more, so more it is. Read about them here, and enjoy a sampling of their music here.

May 3: Roger Cerisi’s All Starz
June 14: Hot Cat Jazz Band
July 12: The Love Dogs
August: No Dance.
September 6: The Cartells
October 4: Eight to the Bar
November 1: Roger Cerisi’s All Starz
December 6: Felix & the Cats

Not enough swing for you? Check out HCD’s other swing-dance events, HCD Swing Jam, held in Wethersfield on the fourth Saturday evening of every month (except July and August). More information here.

In sheer numbers of dancers, the monthly HCD West Hartford 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. Swing basics are covered in the first 20 minutes of the lesson, so we ask that you be on time. Those not taking the lesson will be asked to wait upstairs until the lesson is over. See  a video of one of our dances here.

General admission to the dance is $15, $5 for students under 25 with a school ID, and free for children 12 and under. To get in free, volunteer your time for 45 minutes. 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.

HCD West Hartford Swing dances are for dancers, sure, but they’re for concert goers, too. We bring in the very best bands from all over New England, and you can enjoy them, even if you don’t dance, from comfortable seating on the balcony overlooking the stage and dance floor.

A free swing workshop taught by a professional dance instructor before the dance begins.

View a video of a typical HCD West Hartford Swing dance here.

The HCD West Hartford Swing Committee is made up of (l. to r.) Allison, Steve, Pam, Bruce, Kate (chair), Prudence, and Nate.

The HCD West Hartford Swing Committee will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Get in touch with them concerning HCD West Hartford Swing dances by completing the form below.

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