Nearby Dance Communities:
Asheville, NC: Swing Asheville meets at the BLOCK every Tuesday with classes before a dancing with a live band.
Nashville, TN: The weekly dance Jump Session, occurs every Friday night at the Global Education Center in East Nashville.
Atlanta, GA: Hot Jam is every Monday night at the Garden Hills Community Center in Buckhead.
Huntsville, AL: Thursday Night Swing meets with several levels of classes before dance at the Flying Monkey in the Lowe Mill. Huntsville Swing Dance Society meets first Fridays (alternating Blues and Balboa) and third Thursdays (live music).
Some of the events are near by, and some are farther away, but they all typically at least have one car going from Knoxville. There will be travel events on the KSDA Facebook Group for organizing housing and carpools.
Regional Meetup & Swing Triathlon
Huntsville, ALIt’s that time again! Time for the Huntsville Regional Meetup! We want all of our neighboring scenes to come visit us for fun classes, dancing, dj battles, competitions, lasagna, and more! Stay tuned for more announcements on what we have going on!
Lindy Focus (Lindy, Blues, Bal, Music)
Dec 26 – Jan 1
One of the biggest swing dance parties in the world, right here in the Southeast. 5 days of workshops/add ons, 5 nights of live big band music followed by live music late nights, dancing until 10 am, New Years Day karaoke, and over a thousand dancers from all over the world.
My Lindy Kraze
Jan 12 – 14
We are back for out 7th year of FUN, SHENANIGANS, CLASSES, MUSIC, AND COMPETITIONS! This will also be our last year, however we fully intend on going out with a bang so make sure not to miss it!Instructors: Reuel Reis & Kerry Genese (New Orleans), Dan Repsch (Montreal)
Tobacco Road Blues
Jan 26 – 28
Two nights of music with the Al Holbrook Band, Bull City Blues Band, Janxx, Blues history and culture talks with TWO renowned music and dance scholars, beginner-level track taught by local instructors, and Sunday taco bar! This will also be the last TRBX!
Instructors: Ruth Evelyn & Mike Grosser (Boston), Campbell Miller & Philippe Wilson (Austin)
Lollies & Lemonade
Feb 2 – 4, 2018
Join AUSDA for a sweet lineup of regional instructors and live music. We have an entertaining weekend planned, Lollies and Lemonade will be oriented towards beginner and intermediate balboa dancers. Squeeze into your cars and head to Auburn for a refreshingly good time.
Instructors: Abigail Browning & Adam Speen (NC) Erica Vess (Richmond) & Robert David Jemian (AL), Kadie & Joe Pangburn (Huntsville)
Feb 16 – 18, 2018
A revamped blues workshop aimed at exploring blues idioms, reshaping our competitions, and creating spaces to get educated and nerd out to your heart’s content. Class Focus: Blues Idioms 101; Musical Focus: Celebrating the powerful contribution of Female blues vocalists and artists; Class tracks: Knowledge, Skill, and Learning Styles; Competition variants focused on specific idioms and across multiple levels; Special Presentations and Panels spread throughout the weekend so you can learn dance, history, and context.
Instructors: Damon & Kelsy Stone (MN), Laney Barhaugh (NY), Mike & Dan Legenthal (Boston), Krystal & Adam Wilkerson (Huntsville), Julie Brown (Boston), Ross Blythe & Sarah Lokay (Chicago), Cierra Ruffin (Denver), Katrina Rogers, Nathaniel Abrea
Dayton Swing Smackdown
Feb 23 – 25
Featuring over 9 hours of dancing, 13 hours of instruction, Solo Jazz Competition, Jack N Jill Competition, and The Battle of the Swing Cities Team Routine Competition. In addition to a dedication to providing a quality weekend, it is one of Smackdown’s core goals to be accessible to everyone, from the experienced dance community, to brand new dancers.
Instructors: Laura Glaess & Brooks Prumo (Austin), Mandy Hogan & Danny Beyrer (Indianapolis), Cate Rauschenberger (Atl) & Dave Barry (Richmond)
Lindy Fest & Lone Star
Mar 16 – 18
Lone Star Championships at Lindyfest is the largest and most dynamic Lindy event of its kind. This year marks the 22nd annual Lindyfest and the 11th annual Lone Star Championships! “Where Epic Party Meets World Class Instruction” Learn from some of the best dancers in the world, Dance all night to amazing bands and DJs, Compete in divisions specific to your level, Watch top-level competitions and performances.
School of Hard Knox
Marc 23 – 25
A vintage dance workshop in the heart of the TN valley, where the southeast meets the midwest, featuring great music, tons of social dancing, competitions, leveled Lindy Hop classes, and electives in Balboa, solo jazz & more.
Instructors: Ryan Calloway (San Francisco), Annie Trudeau (Montreal), Kevin St Laurent (San Francisco), Kelly Arsenault (Knoxville), Jon Tigert (Baltimore)
Live Love Lindy
March 30 – April 1
We are going to celebrate life through loving Lindy Hop!
Blues Shout (Blues)
Apr 6 – 8
bluesSHOUT! is an annual celebration of Blues Dance, striving to bring you the best of the blues dance world every year through classes, competitions, and dances. bluesSHOUT! instructors are the very top of the industry and are in demand nationally and globally. Competitions cater to the diverse palates of amateurs and professionals alike, and aim to inspire both the competitors and spectators to achieve their most creative, authentic, and expressive dancing. You can expect the very best bands and musicians from Chicago and beyond, providing three nights of live blues music, and keeping the floor packed all night long.
Instructors: Damon Stone (Minneapolis), Dan Legenthal (Boston), Daniel Repsch (Montreal), Heidi Fite (San Francisco), Jennifer Sowden (NY), Julie Brown (Boston), Mike Grosser (Boston), Mike Legenthal (Boston), Ruth Evelyn (Boston), Timothy O’Neill (LA)
Down South Camp Meeting
Apr 13 – 15
Good, down-home Lindy Hop, made to order! Down South Camp Meeting combines red hot lindy hop and old-fashioned Southern Hospitality to bring you a great dance weekend! Register a la carte, or get a discount with a full-weekend registration, you’re sure to have a great time at DSCM.
Instructors: Nina Gilkenson (Baltimore), Andy Reid (NOLA), Heather Ballew (Denver)
DC Lindy Exchange (DCLX)
Apr 20 – 22
This year we’re celebrating with cherry blossoms, a carousel, and (obviously) a lot of bands. We’ve got some tricks up our sleeve, so keep a look out for more announcements as the event gets closer!
Swing Into Spring
April 27 – 29
Midwest Lindy Fest
April 27 – 29
Instructors: Nina Gilkenson (Baltimore) & Andy Reid (NOLA), Ann Mony & Ryan Calloway (San Francisco), Delilah Williams & Kenny Nelson (Denver), Jenny Shirar & Christian Frommelt (St. Louis)
Charleston Lindy Exchange (CHEX)
May 18 – 20
Join us for another weekend of great music, dancing, beach days, dear friends, and a pocket full of memories. Join us in lovely Charleston, SC for our TENTH lindy exchange! We’ll have awesome music, friendly dancers, and delicious food – all on the BEACH. We’ll see you here in May!
BORN FROM OUR LOVE OF SLOW JAZZ, BALBOA, BLUES & HUGS… Snugglebug Weekend is an intermediate/advanced weekend workshop all about discovering the beauty of close embrace dancing to slow jazz, with dedicated Balboa and Blues tracks.
Instructors: Kadie & Joe Pangburn, Kristin & Adam Wilkerson
Richmond Lindy Exchange (RLX)
May 25 – 28
In addition to hosting dances with fantastic live and DJ’ed music, RLX is known for our brewery dance on Saturday afternoon, and our Sunday Funday with games, popsicles, and a moonbounce. Really. Make sure you stick around for Memorial Day, when we’ll relax by the James River and go swimming!
May 25 – 29
Come join us for a fantastic weekend of lessons, dancing, and the beach in the beautiful Pensacola, Florida.
Instructor: Lainey Silver
Red Hot Blues & BBQ (Blues)
June 2 – 4
BBQ. Blues dancing. Sunshine. Laying in the grass. Chocolate mousse. More blues dancing. More food. More friends and fun community time.
The Atlanta Lindy Exchange
June 1 – 3
All Balboa Weekend (Balboa)
June 14 – 17
A huge event focusing solely on Balboa for a weekend of classes with international instructors, dances to live
Greenville Lindy Exchange (GVLX)
June 29 – July 1
Get excited for your favorite swing dance event of the summer! The Greenville Lindy Hoppers are proud to present the 7th annual Greenville Lindy Exchange! We’re going to have 3 killer live bands, the ever popular Modern room, a Soul party, exciting performances, and so much more!
Bal-Ast Off (Balboa)
Aug 3 – 5
LET THE COUNTDOWN SEQUENCE COMMENCE….. This year we have *SIX* tracks of Balboa classes planned for you, taught by some of the best instructors in the world! Including a beginner friendly balboa flight school!
Instructors: Jeremy Otth (LA) & Laura Keat (Denver), David Rehm & Kate Hedin (Boston), Bobby White (NY), Shani Brown & Jacob Wigger (LA), David & Chelsea Lee (DC), Corey & Susan Manke (Nashville), Matt Mitchell & Jenn Barnett (Austin)
Aug 11 – 13
CincyHop is an annual weekend of vintage swing dancing in Cincinnati, OH. There will be over 24 hours of dancing (in one weekend!) to great live bands and talented DJs in different venues all around the city. The full-weekend pass gets you into EIGHT dances, featuring music from Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five, The Jazz Coasters, Noah Wotherspoon, and our talented DJs!
Great Lakes Balboa Escape
Aug 18 – 20
Take classes with at least three sets of international instructors specifically tailored to meet your dancing goals. Class tracks include: Solid Fundamentals, Social Dancer, Pure Bal, The Competitor, Slow Bal, and Teacher Training. Come shuffle with us and enjoy our Midwestern friendliness!
Instructors: Mickey Fortanasce (NY), Kelly Arsenault (Knoxville), Jen Barnett (Austin), Matt Mitchell (Austin), Nelle Cherry, Yoshi Uemura (Pasadena), Shani Brown (LA), Augie Freeman (CA), Andreas Olsson (Sweden), Olga Marina (Sweden)
Southbound Blues Exchange
Aug 25 – 27
Join us in Music City this August for a world class lineup of bands, DJs, and competitions showcasing the blues and providing a fun-filled weekend for Vol. II. 6 bands plus DJ Showcase, Friday Soul Room, Nashville Musician Jam Band, Southern Brunch Themed Late Night Food.
International Lindy Hop Championships (workshops, competitions)
Aug 24 – 27
4-days of dance experiences that include amazing competitions, high-level workshops, thought provoking LED talks and tons of social dancing to top notch live music. Come join us in Washington DC and watch the best of the best Lindy Hoppers in the world strut their stuff every August!
Instructors: Ramona (Australia), Remy (France), Skye (NY), Frida (Sweden), Nick (OC), Alice (France), Todd (New Orleans), Vincenzo, Mo, Kevin (San Fran), Jo (San Fran), Naomi (Minneapolis), Annie (Montreal)
I Heart Balboa
Sept 1 – 3
Join us in lovely Richmond, Virginia over Labor Day weekend for our 2nd Annual I *Heart* Balboa dance weekend! with live music by the Mint Julep Jazz Band
Instructors: Kate Hedin & David Rehm (Boston), Heather Ballew (Denver) & Javier Johnson (FL), Chelsea Lee & David Lee (DC), Jen Barnett
Knoxville Lindy Exchange (KLX)
Sept 8 – 10, 2017
Knoxville’s own weekend swing music and dance festival! Dancers from around the country will join us in our home town for another year of fantastic music, awesome venues, ridiculous competitions, delicious late night food, and great times. Don’t miss it!
Lindy Hop on the Plains
Sept 22 – 24, 2017
Beginner/intermediate Lindy Hop workshop, unbelievable amount of fun in “The Loveliest Village on the Plains.”
Instructors: Advanced: Kerry Genese (New Orleans) & Tim Korkuc (Orlando), Intermediate: Cindi Lyons(St. Louis) & Jony Navarro (Orlando), Huy and Whitney Huynh (Huntsville), Beginner: Rachel Serkownek (Nashville) & Tyler Torpedo (Tulsa, OK)
Sept 22 – 24, 2017
SwingIN’s TENTH Year as one of the largest dance events in the Mid-West. We’ll be pulling all the stops to make our “Big 10” the largest year ever.
Instructors: Laura Glaess (Austin) & Todd Yannacone (New Orleans), S & H, LaTasha Barnes & Mo Hossain (DC)
Classic City Swing
Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2017
Classic City Swing will be back this fall with more dancing, more silliness, and more excitement. – you want to be in Athens this September!
Instructors: Naomi Uyama & Peter Strom (MN), Evita Arce & Michael Jagger (NY), Gabby Cook & Nathan Bugh (NY)
Dance St Lou Blue
Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2017
National Blues Museum visit discounts, live music, 3 tracks (with incredible instructors that you won’t want to miss), and countless hours of social dancing. Experience St. Louis charm as we Dance St. Louis Blue.
Instructors: Jeff Meyer and Sara Lapan (NY), Ross Blythe and Sarah Lokay (Chicago), Laney Barhaugh and Joey Shelley (Boston)
New Orleans Swing Dance Festival
Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2017
New Orleans, LA
Live jazz and blues all day and night, multiple dance rooms, dance workshops with live music, open jam sessions for musicians and vocalists, 2nd line parade, and more to be announced after the new year.
Oct 6 – 8, 2017
Huntsville’s Ballroomin’ Blues event is BACK for 2017!
Instructors: Mike & – Dan Legenthal (Boston – former Knoxville!), Campbell Miller (Austin), Shawn Hershey (NY), Laney Barhaugh (NY), Kenneth Shipp (Nashville)
Oct 13 – 15, 2017
Delve deep into the world of leading and following through 6-8 concentrated hours of instruction with one set of teachers. Focused attention designed to help master movement, concepts and ideas. Video auditions accurately pre-place experienced dancers in tracks with peers of similar dance ability. Intense instruction also offered for open level dancers, no audition required.
Instructors: Nina Gilkenson (Baltimore) & Andy Reid (New Orleans), Jenny Shirar & Christian Frommelt (St Louis), and Adrienne Weidert & Rafal Pustelny (NY)
Cool Cat Corner
Oct 13 – 15, 2017
Cool Cat Corner returns to the Queen City for an unforgettable weekend of live music, dancing, workshops, and competitions and legendary New York pianist Gordon Webster, who hasn’t played in the Southeast for over 5 years!
Instructors: Laura Glaess and Brooks Prumo (Austin, TX), Kemper and Aliceann Talley (Knoxville, TN), Nathan and Sally Clinebelle (Columbia, SC).
Jammin’ On The James
Oct 20 – 22, 2017
As sure as the third weekend in October rolls around each year, Jammin’ on the James is back for it’s 15th anniversary. This year, we are happy to present the Mint Julep Jazz Band for both the Friday AND Saturday night dances! And Gypsy Roots will be back to provide the tunes for the Sunday dance!
Instructors: Skye Humphries (NY), Sylvia Sykes (Pasadena), Nick Williams (LA), Naomi Uyama (Minneapolis)
Atlanta Varsity Showdown (AVS)
Oct 26 – 28, 2018
A a swing dance workshop and competition weekend primarily focusing on Lindy Hop but also featuring other swing era dances such as Balboa and Charleston. The goals of Atlanta Varsity Showdown are to create a well-rounded dancer who can freely express themselves through movement and musicality and to foster a strong sense of community.
Instructors: Annabel Quisao (DC), Bobby White (NY), David Lee (DC), Jenna Applegarth (St Louis), Jon Tigert (Baltimore), LaTasha Barnes (NY)
Nevermore Jazz Ball
Nov 2 – 5, 2017
St Louis, MO
A one-of-a-kind celebration that features four nights of dancing to live music, two days of workshops, a jazz crawl with live bands on Cherokee Street, vintage vendors, crazy contests, and lots of St. Louis goodness. Nevermore Jazz Ball is a celebration of jazz music and dancing, but also of home and how art helps us belong in a place. With the integration of the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl and Community Dance Day, Nevermore Jazz Ball is a few festivals in one–come see what it’s all about!
Instructors: Erin Morris & Nathan Bugh (NY), Joshua Mclean (Seattle), Mandy Hogan & Danny Beyrer (Indianapolis)
Holy City Blues Exchange (Blues)
Nov 2 – 5, 2017
Aw snap, the Blues is back! Join us in beautiful Charleston, SC as we celebrate the joy of Blues. We are happy to bring together musicians, dancers, and friends from across the Southeast and beyond to commence a weekend of hot, fierce, soul shakin’ music! Come on down, and join the party y’all!
Nov 17 – 19, 2017
West Lafayette, IN
An affordable university event with Lindy and Solo tracks. Instructors: Erin Morris (STL), Gabby Cook & Nathan Bugh (NY), Mike “Falty” Faltesek (Chicago) & Lainey Silver (NY), Jenna Applegarth (STL) & Jon Tigert (Baltimore), Dan Repsch (Montreal) & Jenny Sowden (NY)
Pittstop Lindy Hop (exchange)
Nov 17 – 19, 2017
PittStop welcomes dancers of all ages and experience to a high-energy weekend of swing dancing with 30 hours of music and dancing fun!