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.
Classic City Swing
Sept 29 – Oct 1
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 27 – 29
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
St Louis, MO
***Sold out check out the event page for sold passes*** 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
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
West Lafayette, IN
Pittstop Lindy Hop (exchange)
Nov 17 – 19
PittStop welcomes dancers of all ages and experience to a high-energy weekend of swing dancing with 30 hours of music and dancing fun!
Tobacco Road Blues Exchange
Jan 28 – Feb 1, 2018
We’re gearing up for round 4! Great venues! Two amazing live bands — The Downtown Shimmy and Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five — and lots of fantastic DJs! Dance performances! Beach and BBQ! We’ll have it all!
Regional Meetup & Swing Triathlon
Dec 12, 2015
It’s that time of year again when The Huntsville Swing Dance Society opens up it’s doors and invites all of the southeast to descend upon it for one glorious annual meet up and one day workshop!!!! In the spirit of mixing together we are doing away with “scene teams” and as an alternative, you will be placed on one of four swing community teams. The triathlon includes a routine (1 hour provided to plan), DJ battle, and Hellzapoppin Bingo.
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 13 – 15
We are back for out 6th year of FUN, SHENANIGANS, CLASSES, MUSIC, AND COMPETITIONS! This year we are focusing on what makes you, YOU, as a dancer. How do you take everything you learn and turn it into your own style? This is the journey to the center of your dance and we are here to guide you on your way! We are also intending on expanding our music track as well! Musicians prepare yourselves for loads of info and new challenges this year!
Instructors: Dan Repsch (Montreal) & Julie Brown (Boston), David & Chelsea Lee (DC), Mike the Girl & Dan Legenthal (Boston)
Lollies & Lemonade
Jan 27 – 29
AUSDA is proud to announce its first balboa workshop! Come join us January 27-29 in Auburn, AL for an exciting lineup of regional instructors and live music. 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: Susan and Corey Manke (Nashville), Anna (Bryant) Wray and Robert David Jemian (AL), Kadie and Joe Pangburn (Huntsville)
Mo Better Blues
Feb 17 – 19
Welcome back to the Music City!! This President’s Day Weekend, join us for the third year of Mo’ Better Blues. 10 incredible instructors from around the nation and world. 4 Tracks: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced (Auditions), and the launch of BluesGeek, our new community driven initiative. Some of the best musicians and DJs from the nation and the Southeast under one roof for your dancing pleasure. Brother Yusef with more
Instructors: Mike & Dan Legenthal (Boston), Krystal & Adam Wilkerson (Huntsville), Julie Brown (Boston) & Tim O’Neill(CA), Ross Blythe & Sarah Lokay (Chicago), Shawn Hershey & Laura Chieko (NY)
Swing Into Spring
Feb – coming back in 2018
Dayton Swing Smackdown
Feb 24 – 26
Dayton Swing Smackdown is the the biggest and baddest dance weekend in Dayton, Ohio. Be there as teams from the Midwest converge to battle it out for the 2017 BATTLE OF THE SWING CITIES. Participate featuring over 15 hours of dancing, 13 hours of instruction, and the Solo Jazz and Jack N Jill Competitions.
Instructors: Bobby White & Gaby Cook (NY), Michael Brafford & Dee Daniels Locke (Minneapolis), etc
Orlando Lindy Exchange (ORLX)
Mar 3 – 5
Join us in the sunny state of Florida for the 10th annual Orlando Lindy Exchange. This year’s theme is “Achievement Unlocked” and the event will feature a series of small games and achievements for dancers to “unlock” throughout the weekend. Music with Chelsea Reed.
Mar 11 – 13, 2016
Ann Arbor, MI
Pirate Swing is a lindy hop, blues, and solo jazz workshop featuring your favorite teachers, musicians, and pirates. Each year we hunt down friendly and approachable instructors, and we provide as many opportunities as we can for you to interact with them. Join us for an amazing weekend with dancers from around the country. See old friends, make new ones, and dance with everyone! Tracks for – Standard lindy hop/blues (x2), Ambidancetrous, Solo jazz, beginner
Instructors: Evita Arce & Michael Jagger (NY), Laura Glaess (Austin), Ann Mony (San Francisco), Jenny Sowden (NY) & Dan Repsch (Montreal), Mike Faltesek (Baltimore), Joe DeMers (Denver) and Mike (the Girl) Legenthal (Boston)
Music City Exchange
Mar 17 – 19
Music City Exchange 2017 is going to be packed with amazing Jazz tunes from THE RUSS WILSON SWINGETTE and MEGAN AND HER GOODY GOODIES, Late night food, amazing dance floor with a view of downtown Nashville, and so much more!
Lindy Fest & Lone Star
Mar 16 – 19
Lone Star Championships at Lindyfest is the largest and most dynamic Lindy event of its kind. “Where Epic Party Meets World Class Instruction.” 2017 is the 21st annual Lindyfest – and the 10th anniversary of the Lone Star Championships! We have some exciting changes planned for the Championships this year – and as always the event is jam-packed with workshops and competitions for all dance levels, superb performances, and tons of social dancing. We are really excited for this year!
School of Hard Knox
Marc 31 – April 2
A weekend of classes and dances right here in Knoxville! Learn from some of the best dancers in the world to build confidence in your dance ability, fine tune your technique and learn some super awesome new moves!
Instructors: Kelly Arsenault (Knoxville) & Mickey Fortanasce (NY), Jenny Shirar & Christian Frommelt (St Louis), Mike Faltesek (Baltimore)
Burg Is the Word
Mar 31 – Apr 2
Blues Shout (Blues)
Apr 7 – 9
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)
DC Lindy Exchange (DCLX)
Apr 7 – 9
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!
Down South Camp Meeting
Apr 14 – 16
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)
Soda City Lindy Exchange
Apr 21 – 23
Welcome to historic Colatown for the inaugural Soda City Lindy Exchange! We pride ourselves in being “All South Carolina All the Time”.
Nashville Dance Congress
Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues, and West Coast Swing at Nashville Dance Congress! Live music from the Mint Julep Jazz Band and DJs Corey Manke and Mike Shaw. All classes are FREE to anyone, as long as space permits. All dances are FREE to REGISTERED hotel guests. Register early to secure your spot!
Instructors: Sylvia Sykes (Santa Barbara) & Ramiro Gonzales (Dallas), Nick Williams & Nikki Marvin (LA), Corey & Susan Manke (Nashville)
Midwest Lindy Fest
May 5 – 8
Instructors: Nina Gilkenson (Baltimore) & Andy Reid (NOLA), Ann Mony & Ryan Calloway (San Francisco), Delilah Williams & Kenny Nelson (Denver), Jenny Shirar & Christian Frommelt (St. Louis)
Columbus Lindy Exchange (CBUS)
May 19 – 21
The Columbus Lindy & Blues Exchange highlights the varied neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio. We are known bringing in amazing live music from around the country to the heart of the Midwest, and fantastic regional swing jazz DJs to keep you on the dance floor the entire weekend. This year the main evening band will feature music from Chick Webb and Count Basie.
Charleston Lindy Exchange (CHEX)
May 19 – 21
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!
May 19 – 21
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 26 – 29
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 26 – 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
Live Love Lindy
June 3 – 5, 2016
We are going to celebrate life through loving Lindy Hop!
Chicago Underground Blues Exchange
June 10 – 12, 2016
All the blues music!
All Balboa Weekend (Balboa)
June 8 – 11
A huge event focusing solely on Balboa for a weekend of classes with international instructors, dances to live
Southern Swing Challenge
June 16 – 18
Once again you can expect a phenomenal lineup of judges, musicians, djs and staff, plus great venues, food, friends, honky tonks and more! Daytime social dancing will still continue to be FREE so invite your loved ones or enemies to come watch you bust a groove or show off your mad skills in the comps!
Blue Ridge Bal (Balboa)
June 30 – July 2
With a magical mix of some of the best swing bands in the country, a fantastic lineup of instructors, beautiful venues, and wild Asheville activities, this is a balboa event you do not want to miss! 4 tracks, 5 of the best swing bands you’ll ever hear, and shenanigans such as tubing down the French Broad River w/a jam band, a balboa parade through downtown Asheville and a ‘shuffle mob’.
Instructors: Kelly Arsenault & Scott Angelius (Knoxville), Abigail Browning & Adam Speen (NC), Susan & Corey Manke (Nashville, TN), Kadie & Joe Pangburn (Huntsville), Brennan Devoe & Alex Haley
Greenville Lindy Exchange (GVLX)
July 21 – 23
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 4 – 6
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
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
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
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)