This web page provides general information on Hepcats and out-of-town swing dance events in a monthly list format. The out-of-town events listed below are ones Mike & Mary have either attended or heard good things about from other Lindy Hoppers & Balboa dancers whose opinions we trust (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 Lindy Hop and Balboa events all over the world (and even that web site is 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 meaning. It can be a real challenge separating fact from fiction in swing dance event promotion – – so buyer beware!
Info provided below 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 1/2/18)
o Saturday, Jan. 13th, 3-6 pm: 2nd Saturday Balboa Practice Session, at College Hill Town Hall, Larch St., Cincy. Calling all Balboa dancers….a chance to practice and dance Balboa! Thanks to Heather Fanska for organizing this event.
o Sunday, January 14th, 7-10 pm: Hepcats Swing Dance Practice Session. Practice (actually good practice) makes perfect! Practice is one of the best ways to solidify any Lindy Hop or Balboa material you may have learned. These practice sessions are a chance to practice, social dance, work on a new move……on a floating, smooth wooden dance floor, the best in Lexington. See this link for all the info.
o February 2-4: Lollies & Lemonade, Auburn AL. A weekend workshop Balboa event.
o February 23-25: Dayton Swing Smackdown. Workshop classes and competitions; a fun event to attend.
o March 16-18: Island Empire Shuffle, Spokane, WA. A weekend workshop in the Northwest featuring classes on Balboa and Collegiate Shag.
o March 23-25: School of Hard Knox, Knoxville, TN. A weekend workshop event.
o April 20-22: DCLX (Wash. DC area): Lots of dancing in the nation’s capital area. The Saturday night dance usually features a really good big band – see their web site for all the details.
o Saturday, May 26th: Coney Island USO Swing Dance. More info to follow.
o June 2018 (exact date TBA): Swingin’ on Short, Lexington’s annual street dance. More info to follow.
o June 14th – 17th: All Balboa Weekend, Independence, OH (about 15 miles south of Cleveland). The premier Balboa weekend workshop event (and only about a 5 hour drive from Lexington). For Balboa enthusiasts, this is a must attend event! Registration normally opens in early February.
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 Wednesday, July 4th – Happy Birthday to the United States of America, the greatest country in the world!
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.
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…..