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

APR 8 | 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.

APR 22 | 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.

APR 29 | Green Mountain Swing

6:45pm-10:00pm | $15.00 | All Ages | Old Labor Hall, Barre, VT

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Swing Into Spring!

Vermont Swings is on the road! Green Mountain Swing is providing the music, Vermont Swings is providing a dance lesson and dancers, and the venue is the Old Labor Hall in Barre, VT.

Adults $15 / Kids $10  (available at the door, or reserve a spot by emailing info@gmys-vt.org)

Come swing into spring and support local musicians of all ages!  Green Mountain Swing,a 17-piece band will play a benefit to raise funds for the Green Mountain Youth Symphony, central Vermont’s local youth orchestra. Green Mountain Swing plays big band favorites in a variety of styles including swing, Latin, blues, and funk. Young musicians from the Green Mountain Youth Symphony will be joining Green Mountain Swing for a few numbers throughout the evening.

Live music starts at 7:30 pm.

Dance lessons are available from 6:45-7:30 pm thanks to Eric Recchia from Vermont Swings & Just for Kicks.  So come out early and learn a few new steps or brush up on old favorites.

If dancing makes you hungry and thirsty, have no fear!  Our GMYS families will offer baked goods and soft drinks for sale.  All proceeds will benefit GMYS.

MAY 13 | Jitterbuzz

8:00pm-11:00pm | $15.00 | All Ages | The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington, VT 05401

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Please join us in welcoming for the first time on the Champlain Club stage, Jitterbuzz, for your dancing pleasure!  We are every excited to host this quartet of amazing musicians for a night of hot jazz and toe-tapping tempos.

$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.

Jitterbuzz is comprised of Will Patton on upright bass, Dono Schabner on guitar and vocals, Rich Davidian on saxes and clarinet, and Steve Wienert on drums.
 
They have been playing together in one form or another for over 25 years.  Rich is a founding member and musical director of the Vermont Jazz Ensemble and a long time music instructor in Montpelier.  Dono Schabner is the guitarist and vocalist with the VJE as well as a member of Will Patton's Ensemble, a gypsy/choro/bebop/Americana group with Will on mandolin.  Steve Wienert also performs as part of that group and is a first call drummer for Vermont's best jazz performers. Will Patton has been playing bass in jazz and swing bands for over 30 years, including the Chet Arthur Five, the Spiders and John Cassel Band.

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.