Places to Go Dancing

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Friday Night WCS in Windsor
Polish Home, 9 First Street Windsor Locks. West Coast Swing dancing on Friday. Beginner lesson at 7:00, intermediate lesson at 8:00, and dancing from 9:00 to midnight. For more information, write to Ken Mercik or call 860-749-5434.

Dancing with Erik
Erik Novoa runs classes and dances during the week:

Hartford Underground
Dancing every Wednesday at Tainted, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm (Beginner lesson at 8:00; progressive lesson at 7:00).

West Coast Jamn
West Coast Swing dancing every Tuesday from 9:00 pm until closing at the Circle of Life dance studio, East Hartford Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place, East Hartford. WCS classes from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. For more information, contact Angelique at 413-348-4765 or Tony at 860-670-3366.

West Coast Groove
West Coast Swing dancing every Thursday from 8:00 pm until closing at the Masonic Hall, 30 Church Street, North Haven. Lesson at 7:00pm. For more information, contact Jim at 860-593-0253.

Vinnie's Jump and Jive
Vinnie's Dance Hall, 424 Main Street in Middletown. A non-profit community-based organization committed to promoting health and wellness. Vinnie�s offers classes in Swing, Nia, Argentine Tango, B-Boy Dancing, Country Line Dancing, salsa, Capoeira, and Yoga. For more information, contact Vinnie's at 860-347-6971x3777.

Rockwells (formerly Celebrations Dance Hall)
In the Plainville Industrial Center, 161-B Woodford Avenue, unit 58, Plainville. For more information, contact the studio at 860-783-9800 or Social dances scheduled each month; check their website for details.

Thursday Night in Windsor Locks
At the Polish Home, 9 First Street, Windsor Locks. Group classes and dancing with Reisa Alexander, featuring West Coast Swing, New York Hustle, nightclub Two Step and Country Two Step. Fundamental lesson at 7:00pm; intermediate lesson at 8:15pm, practice from 9:15 to 10:00pm. For more information, contact Reisa at 501-593-7110 or write to

EdanSe Company & Ballroom
127 Pearl Street, Enfield. Ballroom dancing on Saturday nights from 7:00 to 11:00 pm . For more information, contact at 860-265-7700.

The 9th Note
15 Bank Street, Stamford. Check the website for scheduled bands.

Weekly Dancing
  West Coast Jamn, East Hartford.
  Dance Dimensions, Norwalk.
  Dance Dimensions, Norwalk.
  Come On Let's Dance, Windsor Locks.
  Hartford Underground, East Hartford.
  West Coast Groove, North Haven.
  Polish Home, Windsor,
  EdanSe Ballroom, Enfield.
  Chowder Pot, Branford,featuring the Galvanized Jazz Band, 6:30-10:00 pm
  Yale Swing & Blues Sunday Night practicum, New Haven
  SwingNite at Casona, Hartford.

The FairWestSwing Project
Swing dancing in the Fairfield (CT) and Westchester (NY) county areas. See their community website.

Ballroom Dancesport

Hartford Ballroom
30 Arbor Street (north side, 3rd flr), Hartford. Social dance on the 2nd Friday of the month. Free parking around the building.

International Ballroom Dance Club of the Coast Guard Academy
Leamy Ballroom, US Coast Guard Academy, 15 Mohegan Avenue, New London. This CGA group hosts community dances. Check their website for specific dates and locations.

The Portuguese Cultural Center
65 Sand Pit Road, Danbury. Every Wednesday Ballroom dinner dance, 7:00-11:00pm. For more information, contact Deborah Quinn at or 203-345-8517.

Dining, Drinks, and Dancing

Some drinking and dining establishments will have live music in addition to their usual attractions. Some of them even have a dance floor and will feature familar bands that play at swing dances.

Black-Eyed Sally's
350 Asylum Street, Hartford.
Not a regular venue, but it has a small dance floor and occasionally has live music suitable for dancing.

Bill Miller's Castle
834 Main Street, Branford.
Has a dance floor but no regularly scheduled dancing anymore.

Sometimes I'll see a favorite dance band play at a non-standard venue and I sometimes wonder if these venues are conducive for dancing, i.e., do they have a dance floor? Some of the venues and some of the bands aren't very helpful in providing that information, particularly if it discourages people from showing up. I don't get a chance to check out most of these venues so please help me provide better information to my readers by letting me know which venues are suitable for dancing. Thanks!

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