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 vastly overused. 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 contat the event for full details.
(Last updated 6/19/17)
o Wednesday, June 28th: 8:00-9:30 pm; cost, $8; doors open at 7:30 pm. Blair Crimmins and the Hookers perform at Arts Place, 161 N. Mill St., Lex., KY – a concert taping for a Red Barn Radio production. More info from Mike Richardson about this event: I received an email from one of the Red Barn Radio production staff about this event…as noted above, the event is a live concert taping for a Red Barn Radio production. The event is inviting dancers to attend. I specifically asked about the “dance floor” area and I was assured there would be a dance floor area in front of the band stand/stage (Arts Place has a wooden floor). I’ve heard this band play before and they are a good band, so if you can make it, come on out on June 28th.
o June 30-July 2nd: Blue Ridge Bal, Asheville, NC. A weekend Balboa event.
o Tuesday, July 4th: Happy Birthday America – the greatest county in the world!
o Saturday, July 8th, 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 August 4th-6th: Balast Off!, Huntsville, AL. A weekend Balboa workshop event, a fun event to attend. See their web site for info.
o August 11th-13th: Cincy Hop, Cincy Ohio. Cincy’s annual Lindy exchange event.
o August 18th-20th: Great Lakes Balboa Escape, Chicago, IL. A Balboa weekend workshop event.
o August 24th-27th: International Lindy Hop Championships, Washington, DC area. One of the premier Lindy Hop / Balboa weekend workshop events in the swing dance community.
o September 1st-4th: Camp Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA. One of the premier Lindy Hop / Balboa weekend workshop events in the swing dance community.
o September 22nd-24th, 2017: SwingIn, Indianapolis, IN area. A Lindy Hop weekend workshop event.
o Sunday, October 15th, 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 Wednesday October 18th, 7-10 pm: Glenn Miller Orchestra Dance/Benefit at the beautiful Music Hall Ballroom in Cincy, presented by WMKV radio. For general parking info, see this link. Convenient parking is available at the Town Center Parking Garage on Central Parkway. A well-lit, security-monitored pedestrian bridge links the second floor of the parking garage to the second floor Music Hall Ballroom.
o Oct. 21st-23rd: Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout, Denver, CO.
Nov. 3-5: Nevermore Jazz Ball, St. Louis, MO.
o Saturday, Dec. 9th: Jingle Bal, Cincy. A one day Balboa workshop with three tracks. Mike & Mary are scheduled to teach one of the tracks.
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…..
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.”