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Shoreline Swing Dance

   We’re on vacation for the summer. See you in September for the Mystic Horns!

In July and August, Shoreline Swing takes a break from hosting dances so everyone can enjoy all the outside dance opportunities (some of which are listed elsewhere on this site). We hope you enjoyed our great dance in June with the Zingerz and all the other events over the course of the year. We also hope to see you dancing at boardwalks, beaches, bars, festivals, and town greens over the summer.

Our next season will kick off on Saturday, September 20 when we swing to the classic, lots-of-brass sounds of the Mystic Horns. By then, we’ll all be ready to come inside and enjoy the beautiful wood floor of the East Lyme Community Center (41 Society Rd.). The dance goes from 8 to 11. Beforehand, we offer a free beginner lesson that will help new dancers learn the basics they need to get started. (The lesson’s also good for anyone who’s a little rusty.)

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.

See you September 20!

Sunday Dance

See you in September!

Italian-American Club

322 Mitchell St, Groton.

Regular admission to the dance is $7; it’s $5 for members, students, seniors, and active military.

Sunday dances are smaller and more casual than our third-Saturday dances. They’re a great way to practice your steps and get to know people. See you then!


The Wethersfield American Legion Hall is being sold.  The hall will be renovated this summer to convert the kitchen and adjacent areas into second dance studio so in September it will appear very different!!   This is a good reason to have a dance!

Saturday,  July 5, 2014

7:30-11:30 PM

Jane’s mix of East Coast, West Coast,
Hustle, Cha Cha, Waltz, NC2S
and more will be played.

Sorry No beginner lesson tonight.

The AC will be cranked so bring a sweater if you get cold.   

Where:  American Legion Post  275 Main Street  Wethersfield CT. 
Directions:    From I-91 north or south, take exit 26 to Main Street (follow the signs to
Old Wethersfield). Turn right and go one block.  The ALP is on the left.

Admission    $10 

Questions? Call Jane 860-655-7064

Blue Mondays at Mystic River Park - Cottrel St, Mystic

6:15p - 8:30p dancing on the dock (rain location - German Club)

7/7 - Otis and the Hurricanes ** check date

7/14- Greg Piccolo

7/21-Sugar Ray and the Bluetones ** check date

7/28- Duke Robillard

8/4 - Doug Deming & Dennis Gruelin with the Jewel Tones

Watch Hill Green Summer Music

Tuesdays 5:30p (rain date is Thursday of the same week)

7/1 - Jonah Tolchin (American Folk)

7/8- Soul Shot with Ernie Smith (Reggae)

7/15-Al Copley (Swing)

7/22- Jul Zili Misik (World Music)

7/29- The Kroppdusters (Blue Grass)

8/5 - Rock N' Soul Revue

8/12- The Rowan Brothers (Country)

8/19- Funk Exchange

8/26- Rain Date

Blues on the Beach - Westerly, RI Town Beach - 6P - 8P

7/9-  B Willie Smith Band

7/16- Neil and the Vipers

7/23-  NRBQ

7/30- Sugar Ray Nocia with Professor Harp and Peter Moore

8/6 - Al Copley

8/13- Jeff Pitchell with James Montgomery

8/20- Shiny Lapel Trio

Rock the Docks - Norwich Waterfront - 6-8p

100 Chelsea Harbor Drive

7/9- Easy Baby

7/16- Eight to the Bar

7/23- Coyote River Band

7/30- Johnny & the East Coast Rockers

8/6 - Fat Cats

8/13- Melaena

Concerts at Washington River Park - Groton, CT            Fridays 6:30p - 9:00p     (hot line 860-446-4129)

6/20 - Rock N' Soul Revue

6/27- Rewind

7/11- High Times

7/18- Special 20

7/25- The Dick Campo Big Band

8/1 - no concert - City of Groton Day

8/8 - The Cartells

8/15- 9'Teen

Esker Point Beach, Groton, CT - Thursdays 6p-8p

6/19- High Times

6/26- Rock N' Soul Revue

7/3- Aquanett

7/10- Will Evans Band

7/17- Branded

7/24- Sugar

7/31- Sunday Gravy

8/7, 8/14 - Rain date (5:30-7:30p)

Ocean Beach Park, New London Summer Concerts 8pm

7/3 - Thu - Sock Hop with DJ Bill Rinoski

7/10 - Thu - Sock Hop

7/17- Thu -Sock Hop

7/18- Fri - Steve Smith and the Nakeds - (Fireworks, Costume contest)

7/24- Thu - Sock Hop

8/7- Thu - Sock Hop

8/8- Fri - Melaena Band

8/14- Thu -Sock Hop

8/15- Fri -Beatles Tribute Ticket to Ride -(Fireworks 8pm)

8/21- Thu - Sock Hop

8/22- Fri -Special 20 Band

The Towers, 35 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, RI            Thursdays - 7-10p  (cover $15 unless noted)

6/5 through 8/7 schedule of bands not yet published - see website



                      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. J 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.