1st-Fri. Swing


There will be no HCD 1st-Friday Swing dance in July.

Friday, August 4, we’re happy to announce, we’ll be swinging to “a jukejoint cocktail for your soles,” Miss Paula & the Twangbusters, a band we’ve had before to great acclaim. See and listen to them in swingin’ action here, and meet up with them on Facebook here.

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 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. See  a video of one of our dances here.

General admission to the dance is $15, except $12 for seniors (62+), $10 for students with a school ID, and free for children 12 and under (but they must be vaccinated). 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.

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

View a video of a typical HCD 1st-Friday Swing dance here.

The HCD 1st-Friday Swing Committee is made up of (l. to r.) Allison, Lisa Marie, Steve, Pam, Bruce, Kate (chair), Paul, Nate, and Prudence.

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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