DANCES & EVENTS

Below is some helpful social dance etiquette information to help get you started.

Social Dance Etiquette

 

 

WEEKLY PRACTICE SESSIONS


Vermont Swings hosts a weekly Practice Session every Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Champlain Club, 20 Crowley Street in Burlington. Our Practice Session is your weekly opportunity for social dancing and practice in a friendly, casual environment. Instructors are present to ask questions and work out moves and our DJs are always open to requests! NOTE: Practice Sessions may be cancelled due to weather or holidays. Please sign up for our newsletter below to get up-to-date information about our dances and events!

 

DANCES


We host Saturday Swing dances and Friday Night Blues dances. See our Calendar for the current schedule.

We welcome any and all who are interested in social dancing regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation. Please join us on the dance floor.

SPECIAL EVENTS

MAY 27 | Saturday Swing Dance!

8:00pm-11:00pm | $5.00 | All Ages | The Champlain Club

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We host a Saturday Night Swing Dance on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month. Join us for a free, beginner-level mini-lesson from 8:00 - 8:30pm, followed by dancing from 8:30 - 11:00 pm. The Vermont Swings All-Star DJs will keep you moving to great music from jazz, big band and contemporary eras.

JUN 10 | Saturday Swing Dance!

8:00pm-11:00pm | $5.00 | All Ages | The Champlain Club

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We host a Saturday Night Swing Dance on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month. Join us for a free, beginner-level mini-lesson from 8:00 - 8:30pm, followed by dancing from 8:30 - 11:00 pm. The Vermont Swings All-Star DJs will keep you moving to great music from jazz, big band and contemporary eras.

SEP 5 | Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers

7:30pm-9:30pm | $5.00 | All Ages | Champlain Club, 20 Crowley Street, Burlington, VT

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LIVE MUSIC on TUESDAY!! Please join us as we welcome back to the Champlain Club, Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers from NYC! They loved playing for us last year, and we're so very excited to have them play again for our Tuesday night practice session.
 
Admission to the dance will be on a sliding scale - $5-$15 - give what you can, and we thank you for helping bring these folks back to town. Please invite your friends, and feel free to bring a snack to share to make the event extraordinary!
 
Sweet Megg and her wayfaring musicians will transport you, not to the past but to a new world of their own making. The band is lead by the charmingly enigmatic Sweet Megg, who imbues each song with her own concoction of melancholy and euphoria that will delight you, surprise you, and break your heart all at once. The band seamlessly incorporates elements of New Orleans Swing, Harlem swing, Parisian cabaret, and gut bucket blues into one charming musical performance. Saxophonist Ryan Weisheit reimagines a world where Sidney Bechet, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker blow side by side. Together Sweet Megg, Ryan, and all the Wayfarers create a world where jazz is alive and well and living in New York.
 
For more info about Megg and her band, please visit their website and Facebook page:
http://www.sweetmeggswayfarers.com/music/
https://www.facebook.com/SweetMeggTheWayfarers
You can also check them out on Youtube:
https://youtu.be/HZk7JxKkIiY
https://youtu.be/8VgU9KbSq3k
https://youtu.be/TNPG5PhdAiQ

SEP 23 | In The Pocket

7:30pm | $15.00 | All Ages | The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington, VT 05401

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For your dancing pleasure, and a Vermont Swings debut, please join us in welcoming In The Pocket to the Champlain Club stage.  They are thrilled to play for dancers, and we look forward to hearing their take on classic swing-jazz standards.

$15 admission/$10 volunteers (to volunteer, let us know at contact@vermontswings.com)

We'll have a beginner swing lesson from 7:30-8pm downstairs, then the band plays from 8-11pm.

No dance experience or partner required.

For the benefit of your dancing and our floor, please bring clean shoes with smooth, non-marking soles. No stiletto heels permitted.

The bar will be open to purchase non-alcoholic beverages and beer and wine.


In The Pocket is a classy 7-piece "little big band" based in Burlington, Vermont playing jazz standards from the swing and be-bop era. They cover a broad range of favorites from broadway shows to songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and other legends. They have a blast playing for audiences of all ages, and are not satisfied until people get up and dance!

Check them out on Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/107941275

NOV 11 | Starline Rhythm Boys

7:30pm | $15.00 | All Ages | The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington, VT 05401

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These guys have been together for almost two decades, delivering their own style of rockabilly, honky tonk, western swing style to the Green Mountain State.  Full of energy and enthusasm for great dancing, they will keep you on your toes all night.  We're looking forward to seeing Danny, Billy and Big Al back on stage!

$15 admission/$10 volunteers (to volunteer, let us know at contact@vermontswings.com)

We'll have a beginner swing lesson from 7:30-8pm downstairs, then the band plays from 8-11pm.


No dance experience or partner required.

For the benefit of your dancing and our floor, please bring clean shoes with smooth, non-marking soles. No stiletto heels permitted.

The bar will be open to purchase non-alcoholic beverages and beer and wine.

Danny Coane, the rockin' pride of Vermont, just keeps rollin'. He has fronted bluegrass, country and blues bands, but the rockabilly, rock 'n roll act "The Throbulators" gained him national exposure. Billy Bratcher holds down the beat for the trio on upright bass. He toured with Texas Juke Joint King Wayne Hancock and became well known throughout the US for mastering the unique "slap bass" style. Al Lemery shines bright under any stage light.

Check them out on Facebook and Youtube:
https://www.facebook.com/starlinerhythmboys/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbMmBORATGCrrnOD5e7aAhg