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The Windy City Open 
DanceSport Competition
March 28 - 31, 2019The Windy City Open
will be a great opportunity
for anyone attending USDSC.
Our centrally located event
can give you the competitive edge
before moving on to compete
for national titles.
Over $35,000 in prize Money
The Westin
Chicago North Shore

601 N.Milwaukee Avenue
Wheeling , Illinois 60090
April 5-7, 2019
bluesSHOUT! 2019
Chicago, Illinois
We're cookin' up another great weekend for you!
**Teaching Staff** Chelsea June Adams Chris Wells Damon Stone Dan Legenthal Heidi Fite Mike Grosser Mike Legenthal Julie Brown Kelsy Stone Ruth Evelyn
*DJ Staff** Anna Washenko (head DJ) Susan Olson Paul Loschak
Thursday Night Pre-party
Vintage Lounge
1449 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607

Friday Dances and
Sunday Late Night
The Shapiro Ballroom
1612 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Saturday and Sunday
ChiArts High School
2714 W Augusta Blvd
Chicago, IL 60622

Saturday Main Dance
The Erin Room
at the
Irish American
Heritage Center
4626 N Knox Ave
Chicago, IL 60630

Organizer and Scene
Leader Forum
Saturday Late Night Dance
Dance Center Chicago
3868 North Lincoln Avenue
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60613

Sunday Main Dance
Salvage One
1840 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60622
April 11-13, 2019

Jefferson City Swing Dance Club

2019 Swing at the Convention

April 11, 12, 13, 2019

Capitol Plaza Hotel
415 West McCarty St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 635-1234
April 25-27, 2019

22nd Annual Black Hills dance festival

Black Hills Dance Festival is the premier Ballroom/Country/Latin/Line Dance fun and social dance event of the Dakotas. It is a weekend of dance workshops, dance performances, coupled with fun social dancing. Learn from our professional instructors and capture the fun and excitement of the weekend as a participant or spectator. This event is for experienced and non-experienced dancers.

Festival Location
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
444 Mt Rushmore Road N.
Rapid City, SD 57703 
Event Hotel
Howard Johnson
950 North Street 
Rapid City, SD 57701
click here
to make reservations
Swing Dance America

April 25 -29, 2019Picture
Swing Dance America

Please join us at the Largest WEST COAST SWING and HUSTLE Dance Event in the Midwest USA!

Over 60 hours of dancing during the Four (4) day Event. Three (3) Ballrooms for dancing! Non-Stop Dancing in the Junior Ballroom even during most comps in the Grand Ballroom.

Grand Geneva Resort Lake Geneva Wisconsin Resorts
The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
7036 Grand Geneva Way Lake
Geneva, WI 53147
Phone: 1 (800) 558-3417
Reservations: 1 (877) 741-9598

The Chicago Bar Association
Barristers Big Band
Benefit Ball

April 26, 2019Barristers Big Band Benefit Ball
The annual tradition continues – live music, dancing, food and free drinks!

April 26, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60604 $
50 per person
Tickets:  Contact Tamra Drees at 312-554-2057
Click to see information in PDF
The Standard Club
Grand Ballroom
320 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, Illinois

May 31 - June 1, 2019
Free Admission
Millennium Park & Chicago Cultural Center
Gospel music is one of the most significant components of Chicago's musical history. The Chicago Gospel Music Festival keeps that tradition alive against the mesmerizing backdrop of Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. The festival explores the depth of this music genre, spanning traditional and contemporary, lively choral groups, extraordinary vocalists, dynamic duos, and more.This annual event is free and family-friendly, so settle in for some powerful performances.For the latest updates, visit and follow #ChiGospelMusic on social media.
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
June 6 - August 29, 2019

Event Details

Date: Thursdays, June 6th - August 29th 2019
6:30pm - 9:00pm

Location: Giddings Plaza (Lincoln Square)

Admission: FREE

Giddings Plaza at
N. Lincoln and W. Giddings
 (across from the Chicago Brauhaus)
 4732 N Lincoln Chicago, IL 60625
June 7 – 9, 2019
Free Admission
Millennium Park
There’s a reason blues musicians sing about “Sweet Home Chicago.” Chicago historically has been a beacon to musicians looking for bigger crowds and more places to play. Following the “Great Migration,” Southern blues musicians made Chicago one of the country's major hotspots for blues music.Fittingly, the annual Chicago Blues Festival is the city's largest music festival. More than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World."In continuing with four decades of tradition, the Chicago Blues Festival will celebrate the genre's rich heritage and forthcoming talents with three days of performances — all FREE and open to the public, no tickets required. And all within breathtaking Millennium Park.For the latest updates, visit and follow #ChiBluesFest on social media.
Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
June 13 - 16, 2019 Holiday Inn Cleveland
S Independence

6001 Rockside Rd   Independence, Ohio 44131
Chicago Summer Dance
Grant Park
Spirit of Music Garden
Wednesdays-Sundays, June 27-August 24, 2019

Come join us this summer as the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space. Dance to the sounds of 48 different live bands + DJs and get into step with dance lessons beforehand. Glide across the restored 4,900-square-foot, 100 percent recycled, open-air dance floor designed by Chicago artist Dan Peterman.

Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music. All FREE!

Grant Park Spirit of Music Garden
Free Admission
Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays 
Dance Lessons: 6-7pm 
Live Music & Dancing:
Dance Lessons: 4-5pm 
Live Music & Dancing:
Grant Park
Spirit of Music Garden
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

and other
Chicago Park District
Florida Dance Magic - Where the Stars Come Out To Play!


July 18th - 22nd, 2019

Have a party that wishes to come to Miami Dance Magic.
Registration can be easy and done by one person.
After they enter their profile, a dancer can add other names to their order.
It's easy, simple and secure!

Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place
122 Soundings Avenue
Jupiter, FL 33477
August 1 - 4, 2019


Come for the music, stay for the swag. If your ears ever get tired, there’s plenty of stuff going on around Grant Park to keep you entertained. In the past we’ve had everything from a high-tech lemonade stand to a pop-up piano bar. Hold your breath for what our partners this year have in store!

We’ve also got you covered with basic festival necessities such as free water filling stations and charging stations for your hardworking phones.

Grant Park
Grant Park Rose Gardens
Columbus Dr. &
Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60603
Chicagoland Dance Festival
Chicagoland Country and
Swing Dance Festival
August 16-18, 2019
We are Chicago’s only country and swing dance festival!
It’s the best of both dance worlds in one place!The Chicagoland Country and Swing Dance Festival is both a fully-sanctioned, qualifying event for the United Country Western Dance Council’s World Championships of Country Dance AND a points event for the World Swing Dance Council’s Jack & Jill Swing Dance Points Registry.Social dancer, spectator or competitor…you’ll find plenty to do in a hospitable and welcoming dance community.
Browse the site for  information and make plans to join us for a weekend of flat-out fun!!!
Jennifer and Randy Jeffries - Event Directors
Crown Plaza Chicago O'Hare
5440 N. River Road
Rosemont IL 60018
847 671-6350
August 16-18, 2019

Online registration for 2019 is open!!!

Full Weekend Passes: $169

Irish American
Heritage Center

4626 N Knox Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
Chicago Air & Water Show banner
August 17-18, 2019

Aeroshell planesAny trip to Chicago in August must include the Annual Chicago Air & Water Show at North Avenue Beach! Two million people makes this can't-miss spectacle the largest show of its kind in the country. Best of all, admission to the event is free!
August 17-18, 2019 • FREE Admission • 10am-3pm Both Days

North Avenue Beach
Chicago Jazz Festival August 23 - September 1, 2019

Free Admission
Millennium Park & Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Jazz Festival showcases the greatest jazz artists from Chicago and around the world across the city during new, extended festival dates. The Chicago Jazz Festival is produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

For the latest updates, visit

Millennium Park
N. Michigan Ave. &
 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60602


Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, Illinois 60602
 October 24th – 27th, 2019
  • Wednesday Night Pre-Party at Downers Sand Club
    (hotel has a free shuttle to the dance that runs until 11 PM) 5 min away.
  • Thursday Night Party at the Westin including an early bird workshop
    with Myles Munroe and Tessa Cunningham-Munroe

Hours and hours and hours of social dance time. Workshops: A weekend-long, dedicated BEGINNER track of classes; 6 hours of workshops dedicated to novice dancers; 6 hours of workshops dedicated to intermediate and advanced dancers. Exhibitions by our professional staff and special guests. Competitions! (Join in or just watch) Food: Friday night Pizza Party to fuel late night dancing, Saturday night, late-night buffet to fuel more late night dancing, Saturday & Sunday morning hospitality suite. Saturday night Halloween party with prizes. DJ Challenge judged by you, the dancers, with proceeds to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. The “Pro Charity” Hour with proceeds to benefit the Autism Association.

The Westin, Lombard
at Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Center
Lombard, IL 60148


Downers Sand Club
Sports Bar & Grill

1211 Butterfield Rd, Suite B.
Downer’s Grove, IL 60515

ALHC poster 2017 November 15 - 17, 2019

American Lindy Hop

The next ALHC has tentatively been set for
November 15-17, 2019 in NYC!

Spotlight New Year's Celebration 2019-2020
Hosted by
The Magic Markers
Dec 28, 2019 at 7 PM – Jan 1, 2020 at 6 AM
Spotlight New Year's Celebration is the Midwest's Premier West Coast Swing New Year's Event! You are invited to join our dance family as we ring in the New Year! We are so excited!
Complete information can be found soon:
Marriott Hotel Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest
1275 S Huron Street
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
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To Be Announced Events
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:

May 31, 2018 - June 3, 2018


The Michigan Classic is one of the oldest west coast swing events in the country. As we move forward, we're inspired by classic elements of the past, and excited for the future. We are proud to announce that we have reserved a new home for the Michigan Classic. Also, we are introducing a new Team Challenge concept!  This will be a truly unique experience encompassing social, instructional, competition and incredible team spirit. Lastly, thank you for choosing to join us! 

At the Michigan Classic we create an environment filled with unforgettable memories, inspired learning, social dancing and camaraderie.  The Midwest is known for their welcoming spirit and support to others. We cordially invite you to join our dance family and cultivate this positive energy!   

To be a star you must shine your own light, follow your own path and be awesome!

Let's do this! do this! 
Auburn Hills Marriott
3600 Centerpoint Parkway
Pontiac, MI 48341
(248) 253-9800
Reservation Line:
(800) 228-9290

Sweet Home Chicago
Hotline (630) 616-2100
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available. 

Last Year:

June 28 through June 30, 2018

It has all the info you need, including schedules, directions,
ticket purchasing and hotel and raffle details:

Must be 21 to attend.
Tickets are not refundable, but may be transferred. Please call Joanne at (773) 792-8842 or email her at  for more info regarding the event.

Westin Chicago Northwest
400 Park Blvd
Itasca, IL 60143
(630) 773-4000

Chicago Summer Dance
Taste of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:

July 11 - 15, 2018
Taste of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain
Chicago, IL 60605
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available. 

Last Year:

July 11, 2018 - July 15, 2018

July 11-15, 2018
Grant Park Free Admission
(food ticket purchase required)
Wednesday-Friday: 11am-9pm,
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-9pm
What is the city's recipe for a fantastic food festival?
Chefs and musicians, combined with entertainment for all ages and several thousand tasting servings of favorite Chicago bites. Fill up on all flavors of Chicago — from classic local dishes, to specialty cuisines from ethnic neighborhood restaurants, to inspired chef creations — at the annual lakefront festival Taste of Chicago. Then top it off with musical talents every evening.
Grant Park
377 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60602
Chicago Summer Dance
SummerDance in the Parks
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.
SummerDance in the Parks


Chicago, IL 60605

In St. Louis SDC
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:

September 20-23, 2018
You are cordially invited to join us for the Twelfth Annual MEET ME in St. Louis Swing Dance Championships held at the beautiful Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, September 20-23, 2018, WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT MEET ME! * Degendered Jack-N-Jill, Strictly and Routines. * FREE All-Star/Rising Star Critique Intensive * Ladies Styling Intensive * FREE Pizza Party Saturday * Food Truck Feast * 1-2-3 Swing Project - FREE West Coast Swing Beginner Lessons & Dance * Same day awards * $1 newcomer Jack-N-Jill * $1,000 Cash Prize for Open Routine 1st Place Winners * $1,000 Top Teacher Awards COMPETITIONS Jack-and-Jill's Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, All-Star/Pro, Masters, Swing16 Tournament ​ Strictly Swing Newcomer/Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Masters, All-Star/Pro (one partner must be All-Star) Routines Pro-am Novice*, Pro-Am Int*, Open*, Rising Star*, *Lifts Allowed Pro-Am Strictly Novice Leaders, Novice Followers, Intermediate Leaders, Intermediate Followers
"The Gateway to West Coat Swing Euphoria"
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Renaissance St. Louis
Airport Hotel

9801 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO 6313
4 314-429-1100
$113 room rate until 9/8/17
 •Complimentary Self-Parking
•Complimentary Shuttle to
and from Lambert St. Louis
Airport and MetroLink
•24 hrs. access to pool
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2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:


4 - 7, 2018
Pencil us in on your dance card for Bop In The Rock 2018, October 4-7th in Little Rock, AR with Little Rock Bop Club! Event tickets are $89 & will be available for purchase through our website:
Make sure you click follow on our Facebook and this event for the latest details regarding this fun dance party & workshop weekend!

Little Rock Bop Club - Facebook

Holiday Inn
Little Rock Airport

3201 Bankhead Drive
Little Rock, AR 72206


      Second City Swingout    
 2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:

October  5th - 7th, 2018

Traffic Jam Swing has a new event for you.

Second City Swingout is a brand spankin' new vintage jazz workshop weekend in Chicago, Oct 5th - 7th. Along with bringing in world-class teachers and showcasing amazing local musicians, our goal for this event is to really highlight the city and all it has to offer. From the classes to the music to the venues to the plethora of city-wide events we've got in store, we expect there to be something for everyone!

Naomi Uyama & Peter Strom - Lindy Hop
Mia Halloran & Andy Reid - Lindy Hop
Julee Mertz & Andrew Twiss - Beginner Track
Ken Watkins - Chicago Steppin'
Bril Barret - Tap

Live Music by The Jake Sanders Septet
DJs Claire Lorman & Bob Bednarz


Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600

Shapiro Ballroom
1612 W Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60622
(312) 843-4798

1940’s Hangar Dance
 2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:

October 13, 2018

1940’s Hangar Dance
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Presented by EAA Chapter 241
Featuring Lakes Area Swing Band
Music starts at 8:30
DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport
3232 Pleasant St
DeKalb, Il 60115

Admission $12 
Best Dressed and Dance Contest
All Proceeds Support the 

 DeKalb Taylor
Municipal Airport
3232 Pleasant Street
DeKalb, IL 60115
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:

November 3, 2018

7:00 pm
Our First Annual Willowbrook Ballroom Reunion Dance Saturday November 3 featuring The Outcast Jazz Band at The Glendora Ballroom 10225 South Harlem Avenue Chicago Ridge, Illinois 60415!!!!!!
Swingers Ball Chicago (Facebook Page)
Glendora House
10225 S Harlem Ave
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:

November 7 - 11, 2018
The Cincinnati Bop Club’s 26th Anniversary!

$75 if purchased on or before 10/15/2018,  $85 if purchased after 10/15/2018

Adults only party!  SMOKE FREE BALLROOM, all wooden dance floor, Free Workshops, Dance Exhibitions,  Excellent Hospitality, 50/50 raffles & more. Click the link below to download and print a ticket application, or send an email requesting a ticket application with your name and address to

Download this year's Move Across the River Flier
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
4501 Eastgate Blvd.
Cincinnati, Ohio

$103.00 per night (1-4 persons)
 & Executive King Suites $123.00.
call 513-752-4400 or 800-465-4329,
you must mention
Cincinnati Bop Club's
"Move Across The River". 
Chicago History Museum
The Last Speakeasy
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:

December 6, 201

Last Speakeasy on the Eve of the Repeal 2018


Put on your best get-up and join us at our juice joint
as we celebrate the 85th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition.

Ready to raise a glass?
Grab your tickets before October 31st and  save! 
General admission includes access to the party, light bites and two drink tickets
for $65 ($55 for members).
Cash bar available for additional drinks to be purchased.
Premium admission includes a full open bar for $85 ($75 for members).

November 1st all prices go up by $10
Get Your Tickets

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600
New Year's Eve Black-Tie Affair

The Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:

December 31, 2018

New Years Eve

New Year's Eve Ball

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Palm Court and ring in the New Year with friends. 

Enjoy a live performance by the Flat Cats
along with Hors d'Oeuvres,
small plates and food stations,
premium bar and a champagne toast at midnight.

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December 31st
$245 per person, plus tax and gtratuity
Dress Code is Black Tie
You must be 21 years or older to attend.

The Drake
140 East Walton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 787 2200

Pete Millers

Pete Miller's Steakhouse

2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:

December 31, 2018

New Years Eve
The Rhythm Rockets
(Old School Rhythm & Blues)
Monday, December 31st, 2018
5:00PM-8:00PM and 9:00PM-1:00AM
Price: TBA
That's right! We will be performing on New Years Eve, two show.
We will post details when we get them, otherwise, contact the venue for reservations
Pete Miller's Evanston
1557 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 328-0399
2019 Dates TBA
Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:

ecember 31, 2018

New Years Eve

Doors open at 7:30pm

New Year's Eve Gala
(Elks Lodge, Prepaid Tix Only!)

8:00pm to 11:30 pm

For more information, please call the hotline at 708/388-JUMP

Chicago South IL - Elks #1596
4428 W Midlothian Turnpike
Crestwood, IL 60445-1917
Phone: 708.597.7465

For more information
Click Here
Presented by
Swing N Country Dance Club
2020 Dates TBA Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:

February 8-10, 2019


Over 30 Hours of Open Dancing
Music provided by our team of 3 top-flight convention DJs

Over 20 Fabulous Workshops
By our team of professional instructors

7 Hours of Competition
For dancers of all levels, from Newcomer to Advanced

Friday Night Performances
With our Meet the Pros Presentation

Saturday Night Performances
With the Rising Star Routines and the always
Entertaining All-Star West Coast Swing Jack 'n' Jill

The Double Tree Hotel
1909 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523


Dance, Enjoy an Italian Meal, & Hear
Played by
The Jay Lipe
Old Men's Jazz Band (OMJB)

2020 Dates TBA Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:

Sunday, February 17, 2019

4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
(Buffet served 5:30 to 6:30)
$35 per person -- cash bar

Click Here for Event Flyer

Free on-site parking

Seating is limited.  For reservations RSVP to:
Horton Kellogg
(847) 309-4152
1 Calvin Circle A-414
Evanston, IL 60201

White Eagle Banquets
6839 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Niles, IL
(Between Touhy and Devon Aves)
2020 Dates TBA Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:

March 7 - 10, 2019

The Chicago Classic
New Ownership and Direction by April Prince

The Yorktown Westin
70 Yorktown
Shopping Center
Lombard, Illinois

2020 Dates TBA Webmaster will post when available.

Last Year:


March 8 - 9, 2019

Enjoy a fun filled 50s weekend in Galena. Sock Hop, Dance Workshops, Professional Dance Instructors, Live Music by Coupe De Ville. Contests, Prizes, Food, Drinks, Craft Beer, and Dancing. 

Friday Night Warm Up.

Join us Friday, 7pm at the Galena Brewing Company 
for some delicious craft beer, cash bar, food
and live music by Jake'O McCluskey.  

Turner Hall
115 S. Bench St
Galena, IL. 61036

Galena Brewing Company 
227 North Main Street
Galena, IL 61036

Galena Art & Rec Center
413 S. Bench St.
Galena, IL. 61036

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