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 Live Music Dances held at East Lyme Community Center
41 Society Road, East Lyme, Ct

Next Dance is September 15

Johnny & the East Coast Rockers 

Volunteers Needed! 
If you can volunteer

30 minutes of your time to set up equipment and decoration at 6:30 pm

20 minutes of your time to  help put away equipment and decorations at 11:00 pm

40 minutes of your time to man the front desk
    Please email  your name and availability to ShorelineSwingCT@gmail.com 

    Volunteers only pay $5.00 admission 


    Students (up to age 22)    5.00

    Members, Seniors, Military    $13.00

    Non-Members        $16.00

    The music plays from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. A free beginner lesson is offered from 7:00pm to 8:00pm that will help new dancers learn the basics or anyone else who wants to improve their skills. No partner is necessary.

    Singles and couples of any age are welcome. Everyone dances with everyone, so you don’t need to bring a partner. And dancers at every level are encouraged—even if you’ve never danced in your life. We’ll be happy to get you started in all the fun of swing dancing.

    The Culture of Swing Dance
     If you’re new to swing dancing, you may wonder what to expect. No worries! Shoreline Swing is welcoming to new people, even those who’ve never danced before. Here are some tips we hope will be helpful:

    Take the beginner lesson. East Coast Swing steps are the language that we have in common. Learning the basics will make it much easier for people to dance with you. It’s worth the effort to arrive in time for the lesson. Plus, you’ll get to know a few people right off the bat.

    Good hygiene counts. All dancers should arrive at any dance with a clean body and fresh breath. If you tend to sweat heavily, consider bringing an extra shirt to change into if needed.

    Dance floor “rules of the road.” Stationary dances, including swing, are done in the middle of the dance floor. Traveling dances (such as waltz and foxtrot) go around the perimeter of the dance floor in a counter-clockwise direction (the “line of dance”). You’ll notice that even at a swing dance, some people will do other forms of dance, so give them room to move around the margins. If you’re not dancing, please stand or walk on the far edges of the dance floor, not actually on it.

    Dance with everybody. You don’t need to come with a partner, and most people change partners every dance. Everyone dances with everyone! Asking someone to dance is usually not a romantic overture. They’re not asking you on a date, they’re just asking you to dance. So don’t say no because they’re not your type, or are much older or younger than you, or whatever. (Well, romances do sometimes happen. But that’s not our focus.) It’s polite to decline a request to dance only if you really need to sit one out. 

    Women can ask men to dance. We are very equal-opportunity about this, so don’t be shy!

    Don’t just sit there. If you sit on the sidelines and wait for partners to approach you, you may find that they get intercepted by other people. Demonstrate your interest in dancing by standing near the dance floor and moving to the music. Better, go ask someone! Don’t be shy because you’re new. Sometimes new dancers are reluctant to ask people to dance because they’re “not any good.” But we were all new once, some of us pretty recently, and we know that the only way to learn is to get out there and practice. You’re only asking people for three minutes of their life, and most experienced dancers are happy to give you that.

    Bring a friend. You don’t have to bring a friend—we’ll welcome you solo. But if you find you enjoy swing dancing, we hope you’ll come again and invite a friend to come along. The whole dance community thrives when new people join us!!


    See you on the dance floor
    Shoreline Swing


    Summer 2018 No Dances

    July            No Dance

    August      No Dance

    Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

    September 15    Johnny & the East Coast                                 Rockers

    October 20      Roger Ceresi and the All Starz

    November 17    Java Groove                          

    December 15    Chris Leigh Band                  

    January 19        The Cartells Band                

    February 16      Neil and the Vipers              

    March 16           Eight to the Bar                   

    April 20             Love Dogs                          

    May 18              Dan Lord and teh Big Shots

    June 15             The Cartells Band               



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    Jul 25, 2011, 9:42 AM
    Shoreline Swing,
    Jul 25, 2011, 9:42 AM