LEARN about the major Swing Dance styles: Jitterbug Swing, Lindy Hop, Retro Swing, West Coast Swing & Hustle dancing. TRY a swing dance lesson at home. DECIDE where, when, and what kind of swing dance GROUP CLASS to take near you in the Connecticut or Philadelphia metro areas. LOCATE where to swing dance in Connecticut, the Philadelphia metro area, around the United States & World. DISCOVER great swing dance songs and swing dance bands. BUY swing dance stuff like swing music CD's, videos & clothes. ASK "Dr. SwingDance" all your questions (FAQ's) about swing dancing. RESEARCH using our "Swingpedia" reference guide with Swing Terms & swing dancing in Videos, Movies, Magazines, Books, Radio Stations, etc. HOOK UP with a Dance Partner or Ride to a dance event...

To inform, to educate, and ultimately to entertain, we welcome you to Jim Zaccaria's EASY-TO-USE webpage (www.SwingOn.com) for his students & lovers of Swing Dancing worldwide !

Upcoming Events:


To Be Announced...



AL FENTON BIG BAND (an 18-piece big band !):

- FREE rehearsal and no-cover dancing every monthly first Thursday in 2014, 7:30 - 9:00 pm (?) at the Marco Polo Restaurant in 1250 Burnside Ave., East Hartford, CT. No cover, dancing, dinner, whatever every first Thursday !!


We invite you ALL to join me and my Students and Friends for a night of dancing, learning and FUN ! We can meet at the Dance/Lesson, carpool or caravan to the location. Check below for the details. YOU DO NOT NEED A DANCE PARTNER OR EVEN NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DANCE !!! Please wear comfortable clothing and carry in clean shoes with smooth soles to dance in. Call Jim at 1.860.716.5635 or email him at Jim@SwingOn.com if you have questions !

CARPOOLING / CARAVANING: Call Jim at 1.860.716.5635 or email him at Jim@SwingOn.com for arrangements originating from the Waterbury area.

Thurs. "Field Trip" : SALSA LESSON @ LA CASONA Restaurant in HARTFORD

Try a Thursday night Salsa Dancing at La Casona Restaurant in Hartford ! The Beginner lesson starts at 7:30 pm or 8:30pm for an hour with dancing afterward until 11 or later. It's a good idea to get there early as parking in the restaurant lot or across the street (as well as street parking if there's no snow) is at scarce. The lesson focuses on basic steps with right and left turns, suzie Q's, etc. In the past, there has been no cost for the lesson but please DO buy some food or drink to keep these valuable and fun lessons at la Casona.

DIRECTIONS: La Casona is at 681 Wethersfield Ave. in Hartford. You can head south on Main St. about 1mi. from downtown Hartford; then follow the Wethersfield Ave. split about 1.5 mi. to the intersection with Brown St. where #681 should be. Or From Rt 91 take exit 28 west on Airport Rd. (Rt.530) about a half mile to Wethersfield Ave. and it should be near that corner. Or if you're coming from Rt. 84 take exit 46 east about 1.5 miles on Park Rd., turn right onto Wethersfield for about 1.5 mi. until Brown St. crosses it. Or you can travel on Rt. 84 to exit 40 to Rt 71 to Rt. 529 and travel east on New Britain Ave. Where it turns to the left stay straight on White St., jog right on Maple and left onto Brown St. and go about .5 mi to Wethersfield Ave. Contact me if you need better directions or a map !


TIME: 7:30 - 11:30 pm

(Especially if you are new to Swing Dancing, come early for the included Jitterbug lesson from 7:30 - 8:30 pm. It's a chance to learn, loosen up and meet great people. Also a chance to get in to the dance since sometimes the room reaches capacity before 9 pm !!)

LOCATION: 50 South Main St., West Hartford in the Town Hall Building. Ample free lot parking.

DIRECTIONS: FROM ROUTE 84 (E or W): Heading East take exit 42 and turn left onto "Park Rd." and then at the light turn right onto "South Main St.". If you are traveling West on Rt. 84 take exit 43 and turn left onto "Park Rd." and then at the light turn right onto "South Main St." Travel about 4 1/2 blocks until you see on your right the sign "West Hartford Town Hall". Park in that big lot and go to the front of the building on S. Main St. to pay and get your nametag. It's one the nicest dance floors around: hardwood, with a/c, a stage for the live band and a balcony for you to watch all the different social dancing styles !

COST: $12/person, $10 for 62+ (you can earn a FREE dance with your 8th regular dance on a "frequent dancer" card or volunteering to help for 45 minutes)

ONLINE: Check the dance's website www.hcdance.org

If you can not attend these "Field Trips",

bookmark this space for our future events !

TO LEARN HOW TO Swing & Ballroom DANCE,

for Group Classes with Jim in CT, click here or see "Track 3" below,

for Group Classes with other teachers in PA and NJ, click here or see "Track 4" below.


REGISTER for Jim's dance classes in CT NOW !


Monday, JUNE 16th 3-PACK": SWING, WALTZ & MERENGUE in Watertown, CT - click here for info...


Tuesday, JULY 8th HOT SALSA & COOL SWING in Willimantic, CT - click here for info...

Thursday, JULY 10th BALLROOM DANCING - The 10 Secrets in West Hartford, CT - click here for info...

Tuesday, JULY 22nd SALSA DANCE in 2 nights in West Hartford, CT - click here for info...


Tuesday, AUG 5th SECRETS of SWING, WALTZ & MERENGUE in Willimantic, CT - click here for info...


Stay Tuned here for upcoming Classes in your area:

FALL 2014 BALLROOM SALSA & SWING in Hebron, CT - click here for info...

FALL 2014 SWING & SALSA in Wolcott, CT - click here for info...

FALL 2014 SWING DANCING- The 10 Secrets in West Hartford, CT - click here for info...

FALL 2014 Beginner WEST COAST SWING in 2 nights in West Hartford, CT - click here for info...

FALL 2014 Solo & Party LINE DANCING in West Hartford, CT - click here for info...


CONTACT JIM or the Organization TO ARRANGE classes like these near you:

TBA BALLROOM, SWING, HUSTLE or LINE Dancing in Glastonbury, CT - click here for info...

TBA BALLROOM, SWING, HUSTLE or LINE Dancing in Granby, CT - click here for info...

TBA BALLROOM, SWING, HUSTLE or LINE Dancing in Hartford, CT - click here for info...

TBA BALLROOM, SWING, HUSTLE or LINE Dancing in Middletown, CT - click here for info...

TBA SOCIAL BALLROOM DANCING - The 10 SECRETS in Old Saybrook, CT - click here for info...

TBA BALLROOM, SWING, HUSTLE or LINE Dancing in Southbury, CT - click here for info...

TBA BALLROOM, SWING, HUSTLE or LINE Dancing in Woodbury, CT - click here for info...

(visit often to see more locations as soon as they are arranged...)

A Word about Jim's CLASSES...

I thank all my 7000+ students for attending my classes, having fun with me while inventing some crazy "moves", and helping us all appreciate the joys of Swing Dancing. After dancing & teaching since 1980 in Philadelphia, I am finding venues to teach in my new Connecticut homeland area between Hartford and Danbury or New Haven (so far, as you can see above). If any of you know of organizations I should contact about teaching Ballroom, Hustle, Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Line Dancing, Merengue, Retro Swing, Salsa, Waltz, West Coast Swing, or putting on Swing Dance Parties, please let me know ! I can't wait to meet all you aspiring and avid dancers in my new "stomping" grounds !!

If you need to miss the first class, that's ok, you can still take the class series but YOU MUST REGISTER with the sponsoring organization BEFORE attending at the second class. (I do a quick review EACH class and we cover the least amount material in the first class. You can easily catch up if you register by and attend starting the second class !)

On this website, I list all the dates, costs, and swing dance styles of my classes nearest you. To decide what type of a dance style or what level of class is right for you, (a) see "Track 1: Which Class is Right for You?", or (b) e-mail me your question to Jim@SwingOn.com, or (c) call me at 1.860.716.5635 (from 9am to 9pm only, please) to discuss your situation...As always, dance happy & Swing On !!

For "Website Contents"...click here.

What would you like to do today?

n Learn The Styles of Swing Dancing

n Decide on one of Jim's Group or Private Lessons

n Buy Dance CD's & Videos

n Try a Dance Lesson at Home

n Get your Dance Question answered by "Dr. SwingDance"

n Find Swing-Danceable Songs & Bands

n Locate Places to Dance around the World

n Check out PSDS & Swing Calendar

n Use Links to other Dance Sites

n Get on Jim's Mailing list

n Research Books & Media in Jim's "Swingpedia" Guide

n Find a Dance Partner, Ride or Workshop Lodging

Choose your " Track" below...

Track 1: Which Class?

WHICH CLASS is right for you ? (Major Dance styles defined)

Track 2 : Private Lessons

Jim's PRIVATE Dance Lessons !


Track 3 : Group Lessons in CT



 Track 4 : Group Lessons in NJ & PA



Track 5 : Stuff to Buy



Track 6 : Home Lessons

TRY A LESSON at home !

Hustle, Jitterbug, Lindy, Retro, & West Coast Swing

Track 7 : FAQ's

ASK "Dr. SwingDance" (FAQ's) !

The 10 SECRETS !

Track 8 : Dance Songs


Track 9 : Places to Dance

PLACES to (mostly) SWING DANCE in CONNECTICUT, Philly metro, USA & World !

Track 10 : Philadelphia Dancing

The Philadelphia Swing Dance Society (PSDS) & local Swing Calendar !

Track 11 : Links

LINKS to Community Education & Online Books/CD's !

Track 12 : Mailing List

Get on Jim's Free MAILING LIST !


Track 13 : "Swingpedia"

a mostly Swing Dance Reference Guide to TERMS & MEDIA !


Track 14 : Partners


Return to "Tracks"

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