This web page provides general information on Hepcats and some out-of-town events in a monthly list format.  The out-of-town events listed are ones Mike & Mary have either attended or heard good things about from other Lindy Hoppers & Balboa dancers whose opinions we trust.  Note some Lindy Hop events may also have classes & competitions for Balboa, and perhaps Collegiate Shag, i.e. Camp Hollywood.  This is not an all inclusive list….check out the Swing Planit web site for info on swing dance events all over the world (and even that web site is probably not all inclusive).

Note:   Caveat emptor!  Hyperbole is rampant and commonplace these days, especially in swing dance event promotion on FB, on event web sites, etc.  Words and phrases like “awesome”, “amazing”, “fantastic”, “coolest ever”, “legendary”, “fabulous”, “incredible”, “super amazing”…… are so vastly overused those words have almost lost any real meaning.  It can be a real challenge separating fact from fiction in swing dance event promotion – – so buyer beware!

Info provided only as a service to web users; no other info expressed or implied.  See the event web site and/or contact the event for full details.

(Last updated May 5th, 2018)

May 2018

o Saturday, May 26th, 6-10 pmConey Island Park USO/Salute to Veterans Swing Dance, sponsored by the Cincy Warbirds.

Featuring music by the Tom Daugherty Orchestra and their recreation of the Glenn Miller Army Air Force WWII band.

This is a fun event to attend – and it’s an event with a patriotic theme!


June 2018

o Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, 7-11 pm:  Swingin’ on Short, Lexington’s annual street dance.  Location:  downtown Lexington, corner of Short and Limestone Streets.

Music by Neon Swing X-perience - -the big bad wolf is back!

o Swing dance lesson, 7-8 pm
o Music and dancing, 8-11 pm
o Dance contest during the band's break, c. 8:45 pm

This event sponsored by Fayette-Urban County Government (LFUCG) Parks & Rec, with support provided by the Hepcats and Lexington Arthur Murray.


o June 14th – 17th:   All Balboa Weekend, Independence, OH (about 15 miles south of Cleveland).  The premiere Balboa weekend workshop event (and only about a 5 hour drive from Lexington).  For Balboa enthusiasts, this is a must attend event!

A note from Mike & Mary about ABW:

“We’ve been dancing Lindy Hop and Balboa for quite a few years, and over that time we’ve attended a lot of weekend workshop type events, regionally and nationwide.  There is one weekend workshop event that stands out for us, one we make plans to attend every year:  ABW.

2018 marks the 18th year for ABW, and we have attended for 14 of those years.  For Balboa enthusiasts, those wanting to learn Balboa, or those wanting to take their Balboa to the next level, ABW is must attend event.  Not to sound harsh, but you shouldn’t call yourself a serious Balboa dancer – and you really shouldn’t attempt to teach Balboa – if you don’t attend ABW on a regular basis, it’s really that simple – ABW is that quality of an event.  (This is especially true for those swing dancers that live in our neck of the woods/within a reasonable driving distance of the event, i.e. KY, Ohio Valley, Indiana,…)

We know ABW is not “cheap” when compared to exchanges, a typical DJ dance, etc…..but people, to include swing dancers, make choices all the time about how to spend their money and one of those choices for swing dancers should be to attend ABW.  Don’t be a person that “knows the price of everything and the value of nothing”.  When you consider what you get at ABW – world class instruction, high quality music (both live and DJ), high level competitions, high quality social dancing with hundreds of other Balboa enthusiasts – ABW is a great value.

And if it wasn’t for ABW, the Balboa dance scene in the US and internationally would certainly not be where it is today.  The swing dance community owes a big thanks to Valerie and the ABW staff for their efforts in putting together a consistently first-rate event year after year.  We hope to see you at ABW in June.”


o Friday, June 29th, 8-11 pm:  the Barons of Swing, from LA, CA, play at York Street Café in Cincy.

About the band, according to their web site - "The L.A. Swing Barons are a 14-piece big band inspired by the vibrant dance halls of the 1930s swing era. Based in Los Angeles, we aim to play the energetic music of bands like the Count Basie Orchestra, Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, and others that shaped the golden age of swing."

July 2018

o Wednesday, July 4th – Happy Birthday to the United States of America, the greatest country in the world!

August 2018

o August 2-5:  Balastoff, Huntsville, AL.  A weekend Balboa workshop event; a fun event to attend.

o August 17-19:  Great Lakes Balboa Escape, Chicago, IL area.  A weekend Balboa workshop event; a fun event to attend.

September 2018

Hepcats Fall classes will start in the September/October time frame.  Check out the Hepcats classes web page for info.

October 2018

Hepcats Fall classes will start in the September/October time frame. Check out the Hepcats classes web page for info.

November 2018


December 2018

o Dec. 27-31:  Lindy Focus, Asheville, NC.  Annual week long workshop event – and with great big band music featuring artists such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Jimmie Lunceford, Chick Webb…..