A common question we get from new dancers is “where can we get some extra practice in?” Most places throughout the US and overseas have weekly or monthly dances. You may have to do some research on google, and may have to drive a bit to find good venues, but they are out there and they are actually quite numerous! Whenever Chad and I leave home for vacation or work related travel (we own a small web and software engineering company by day), we always check out the dance scene in the area we are traveling to. Generally, we’ve always find a venue (or two!) to dance at whether big or small and always enjoy meeting the friendly locals. Understand, Swing is not a partnered dance in the sense where you dance with one person all the time… its a social dance and everybody dances with everybody!
As far as where do we dance? We live in Florida, so most of the places we dance are in-state.
Whirl n’ Twirl – 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the Month – OrlandoSwingDance.com
We are rotating teachers at the Whirl n’ Twirl, a awesome air-conditioned great sized venue with a fantastic dance floor in Orlando. Hosted by a seasoned dancer himself, Joshua McDonald, the dances are always fresh and new with a variety of DJ’s and even an occasional LIVE BAND. There is a swing lesson at the beginning of each dance and always lots of friendlys to practice with. This venue is a family venue and ages range from 8 to 80! With great prices, $6 for students and $8 for adults, it really can’t be beat! Visit Orlando Swing Dance for more info!
UCF Knights – Fridays – SwingKnights.org
UCF Knights have been holding Friday night dances for years. Recently they moved to a venue off campus. From their site “Our dances, $5 each, feature a $1 beginner lesson from 8:30-9:00 pm prior to the dance, while the dancing itself continues from 9pm until midnight. Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston and Balboa is enthusiastically danced, as dj’d vintage swing music fills the room. Everyone, student or not, is welcome, so come on out for an evening of fun!” They also have great rotating local DJ’s that will keeping your feet moving through the night! Visit Swing Knights for more info!
Zendah Grotto – Sundays – TAMPA – SwingGang.com
Tampa’s biggest weekly swing dance. Free lessons, 6-7pm Lindy Hop mini workshop, 7-8pm Group dance class and 8-midnight DJ Dance. Admission is $8/$7 with Valid student ID. Visit SwingGang for more info and directions!
Orlando Balboa Dance – One Saturday/month - OrlandoBalboa.com
From the website “Orlando Balboa is composed of dancers and organizers interested in furthering the enjoyment and instruction of Balboa dance and Bal-Swing in the Orlando, FL area. Join the FaceBook Group for regular updates at FaceBook.com/groups/OrlandoBal. The dance is only $5 which includes a free beginner lesson! Lesson starts at 7pm and dance goes til 11pm.
Hideout – Days vary – Orlando
From the FB event page “Hideout combines the best elements of the swing scene with a wider body of music. It’s a modern day speakeasy, a place to call home, where good music is the priority, not an after-thought. We call it Hideout, by swing dancers, for swing dancers! Part hangout, part dancing, all fun. Orlando’s resident music expert, DJ Natch, will be spinning the best in dance-pop, soul, modern, hip-hop, and anything else that gets you swingin’. This dance will be held at the Danzforce Extreme dance studio, a 1400 sq-ft dance floor and ceiling fans make this the perfect place to party. Doors open at 9:00 pm and dancing goes until midnight.” Join the Facebook page for more info!
This is just a few to get you started! There are quite a few more in the surrounding areas that are worth looking into and checking out as well – we hope to see you on the dance floor!