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Here are some links to other dance-related web sites in New England and other parts of the world. We update these links occassionally. If you know of any interesting dance-related web sites please send us an email message at

John & Sandra teach swing dance.
John & Sandra have a spankin’ new web site. Check it out at www.johnandsandra.net or at www.johnandsandra.com
Atomic Magazine On-line the Essential Guide for the retro revival.
Swingin Hepcats Our good friend from Minneapolis, Wendy Jo Gertjejanssen, maintains this great web site where you can shop for dance-related items including teaching videos, dance clothing, and gifts.
ForFeetFirst.com Need shoes? Stop by Debbie Filler’s web site for a pair of dance shoes. Tell Debbie that the “Spin Doctor” sent you.
The Country Cobbler is a great local shop in West Lebanon, NH for dance shoes and dancewear, leather goods including motorcycle jackets and boots, repair services for shoes, bags and apparel. They frequently offer discounts to UVSDN dancers, so tell ’em John & Sandra sent you.
lindyhop.lt is a web site and discussion board for Lindy Hop comunities in Lithuania and the Baltic States.
It’s All Swing: Boston’s discussion board and one of Boston area several calendars.
DanceNet On The Web An exhaustive guide to swing dancing in and around Boston and New England.
Swing Monkey: Connecticut’s swing dance directory and discussion board for West Coast swing and Lindy Hop.
Yehoodi.com: The NYC based swing dance news, calendar, and discussion board with an internaltional following.
West Coast Swing America: Lots of links, images and articles about West Coast Swing.
The Dance Gypsy, a resource for traditional, contra and folk dance. For dancers with wanderlust.
Dance Forums: Articles and discussion about ballroom, swing, salsa, argentine tango, and more.
Fred Haas: a local, well loved jazz pianist and saxophone player.
David Westphalen: is the band leader for the Swing Machine band that plays occasionally for UVSDN dances.
Bob Merrill & The Swingin’ Six has a really great groove and also plays at our dances from time to time.
The Moonlighter’s Big Band is an all-volunteer, 16-piece big band focused on big-band swing, ballroom and Latin music. They are based out of Hartland, Vermont.
Black Beans Band is a high-energy Latin music band comprised of four Cubans and an Uruguayan all living in the Upper Valley area.
The Swingin’ Vermont Big Band: Together since 1991, the SVBB under Rich Magnuson’s direction spreads the joy of swing dance throughout Vermont.
Elizabeth Dotson-Westphalen: Elizabeth is not a “band”, but she is a fabulous jazz vocalist who occasionally appears in the Upper Valley to sing with her father, David Westphalen.
Dom V and the Swing Out Big Band: There are a few really great big bands in the country today. The Swing Out Big Band is one of them. They are worth a two or three hour drive just to get a chance to dance to a band that really understands dancers. Band leader, Domenic Valarioti, heads up a world-class group of musicians - many of whom are faculty or retired faculty at Berklee College of Music.
The O-Tones, is a hot Swing, R&B, and Motown band from Western Massachusetts.
The Bedford Big Band, Bedford, NH. Entertaining Southern NH with music from the Big Band Era.
Slant Six Swing Band somewhere to the north of us in Vermont
Compaq Big Band A 21-piece big band made up of employees of Hewlett-Packard, former employees of Compaq Computer Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation, and other big band musicians.
Lex and Joe, Swing and Blues band from Ogunquit, ME
    (This is a partial listing. It does not include instructors who do not maintain their own web sites.)
Natalie Mavor is a fabulous Salsa and Ballroom dancer. As a dance instructor, she is in great demand, so we are very fortunate to have her teach at our events once or twice a year. Students have said that she is exceptionally clear and helpful in her lessons. We agree. She provides thorough technical information in ways that are very easy to understand. View one of her performances here: Curtis Collins and Natalie Mavor.
Benjamin Ricard and Geneviève Kérouac are the 2007 World Swing Dance Champions & 2005 World Lindy Hop Champions from Quebec City. They have attended several of our local events over the years, and they joined us for the first time to teach Smooth Style Swing at our Tenth Anniversary Celebration on February 16, 2008 at Tracy Hall, Norwich, VT. We expect to have them with us again.
Sylvia Sykes is one of the world’s premiere swing dance instructors. An internationally recognized authority on most types of swing dance, Sylvia has been teaching and judging for 20 years throughout the US, Europe, and Australia.
Nick Williams is the guy to beat in Balboa competitions (good luck with that). He has won every major Balboa competition that there is. He became world Lindy Hop champion in 2005, which surprised nobody. He is one of those rare individuals who is amazing in competitions, but still so lovable that everyone wants to dance socially with him.
Steve & Rebecca Drzewiczewski are two of Boston’s favorite Lindy Hop instructors. As husband and wife, they teach, perform, and compete at Swing events around the country. They are also the co-producers of two successful swing dance weekends: The Boston Tea Party and The Wicked Lindy Weekend.
Richard Clough teaches at The Moving Company Dance Center in Keene, NH. He and his wife, Pam, are two of the most graceful Ballroom dancers we have met. Join them when they teach to learn how to glide gracefully yourself with your partner. You’ll be glad you did.
Nathalie & Yuval are the former world swing dance champions from Hop Swing & a Jump Studios in New Orleans and New York City.
    Watch for some or these instructors to appear on the Upper Valley Dance Calendar in 2010.
Let’s Dance LA: Enio Cordoba and Terryl Jones are two of the top Salsa Instructors in the world.
Henry Herrera - Salsa Racing Dance Studios: Henry holds the Cuban Pete Lifetime Achievement Award and numerous other awards for his work in Salsa-Casino/Rueda, Bachata, Merengue, Cha-cha-chá, Mambo, Son, Danzón, Pilon, Guaguancó, Street Dance and Hip-Hop.
Edie, the Salsa Freak: Edie received the International Lifetime Achevement award at the International UK Salsa Congress in London and, like our local favorite Salsa dancer, Natalie Mavor, Edie has also won the international Mayan Club competition in LA.
Mas Salsa Brava: Luis Vazquez and Melissa Fernandez - Luis is one of the LA Style Salsa Pioneers and co-director of the first salsa dance company in Los Angeles, Salsa Brava.
Joby Brava Productions: Joby Martinez is a Pioneer of LA Style Salsa.
Noche Latina Dance Company: A Boston-based Salsa and Latin dance company.
Rumba Y Timbal: A Boston-based Salsa and Cuban rumba dance company founded in 2007 by Roberto Figueroa.
New Hampshire    Up
SwingNorthNE is a Yahoo Club discussion forum for swing dancers in northern New England - Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine.
KeeneDance.com: is a web site with dance listings to the south of us.
UNH Swing Dance Club: University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
Mystic Ballroom, Nancy Shappell, Director. Epping, NH.
Kathy Blake Dance Studios, ballroom and performing arts in Amherst, NH.
The Portsmouth Ballroom, ballroom dance in Portsmouth, NH.
Seacoast Ballroom, Portsmouth, NH. Frederick and Elizabeth Dunn teach ballroom dance in Seacoast New Hampshire and Maine.
Ballet New England, Portsmouth & Durham, NH. Classical ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz, flamenco, and hip hop.
Paper Moon Dance Center, ballroom dance in Merrimack, NH.
Queen City Ballroom Dance Studio, ballroom dance in Manchester, NH.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Manchester, NH. "Teaching the world to dance since 1912."
Royal Palace Dance Studio, Manchester, NH. Salsa, Swing, Latin, Hip Hop and Ballroom dancing.
New Hampshire Ballroom Dancers Association hosts monthly dances in the greater Manchester, NH area.
Let’s Dance Studio Michelle Johnson in Manchester, NH.
Krystal Ballroom Dance Studios, ballroom dance in Salem, NH.
Rockingham Ballroom, Newmarket, NH.
The Canoe Club Restaurant: Hanover, NH (no dance floor, but fabulous food and great jazz/swing/folk/R&B musicians and bands).
Vermont    Up
SwingNorthNE is a Yahoo Club discussion forum for swing dancers in northern New England - Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine.
Vermont Swings: Burlington, VT area swing dance web site.
VermontSwings · Talk is a Yahoo Club discussion forum for swing dancers in and around Vermont.
Lindy Vermont: Burlington area Swing Dance Instruction with Shirley McAdam and Christian Nickl
Middlebury Lindy Hop: Lindy Hop at Middlebury College is a student group affiliated with the Footloose dance club.
Tango in Vermont: is Gerd Hirschmann’s web site with lots of Tango links.
Brattleboro Area Argentine Tango Society provides news and listings for Argentine Tango classes, workshops and dance parties in the Brattleboro, Vermont area. You’ll also find links to other Argentine Tango web sites.
Samir & Eleni Elabd: Ballroom Nights, at Jazzercise, 59 Day Lane, Williston, Vermont 05495
First Step Dance Studio: Burlington, Montpelier, St. Albans, VT.
Vermont DanceSport Academy Burlington, VT dance studio.
Green Mountain chapter of USABDA, Burlington, VT area. US Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association hosts workshops and dances in Vermont. They offer a monthly newsletter, In The Line of Dance. For more information, write to usabda-vt@geocities.com or USABDA-VT, P.O. Box 250, Williston, VT 05495.
Hermanos Productions Hector Cobeo’s Latin Entertainment Company: DJs, Latin dance instructors, Latin bands, etc.
Maine    Up
SwingNorthNE is a Yahoo Club discussion forum for swing dancers in northern New England - Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine.
Downeast Dance Network is a web site managed by Abbie McMillen that provides details of most dances throughout Maine.
Swing Nuts, Westbook and North Deering, Maine. Kevin and Liz Rollins are truly “Swing nuts”. You’ll love their antics, their dances, and their lessons.
The Maplewood Dance Center is a ballroom located in Portland, Maine.
Eastern Massachusetts    Up
Dance Technics, Merrimac, MA. The possibilities are as diverse as the music - a studio of all dance styles.
Western Massachusetts    Up
Crazy Legs, Lindy Hop in Western Massachusetts - Northampton, MA
Hooked on Swing Society of Western Massachusetts is one of the oldest existing swing societies in the Northeast US. They hold ten monthly dances a year between September and June and offer special swing dance workshops from time to time.
Ballroom Dances .org, where to go ballroom dancing in Western MA, and the NY Capital District.
Berkshire County USABDA, Ballroom Dancing in Berkshire County, MA
Tango Pulse, Dario Da Silva and Claudia Munafo, Pittsfield, MA.
Arthur Murray Dance Studios, Springfield, Swansea and Worcester MA.
Boston Area Web Sites    Up
Boston Area Dance Clubs, Regular Dances & Instruction    Up
Friday: The New Swing City, Dormition Greek Orthodox Church at 29 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02134 - 617-513-9841.
Friday: Swing Dance Depot, Greek Orthodox Church at 25 Bigelow Avenue in Watertown, MA, 02472.
Saturday: Ryles, Inman Square.
Dom V and the Swing Out Big Band hosts monthly dances in Watertown, MA.
At It’s All Swing, you’ll find a discussion form, lots of information and links for dancing around the Boston area and information about four great Boston area instructors, Michael Smith, Kerrin Flanigan and Steve & Rebecca Drzewiczewski
Ron Gursky, of Rugcutter’s Studio (Watertown, MA) has been teaching social dancing for over 30 years and has taught a large number of the teachers and students in the Boston area. He also does choreography and performances.
Roger Weiss (Watertown, MA) teaches Lindy Hop and runs some of the best monthly Boston-area swing dances in Watertown, MA. You’ll find more info about The Boston Swing Dance Network dances on our dances page.
Lindy Baby dance instructors (Cambridge, MA) include Marilee Annereau, Ravitte Gall, Dorry Segev and Sommer (Gentry) Segev.
HopToTheBeat, Newton, MA. Tony and Aurelie Tye teach Lindy Hop, host dances, international lindy hop workshops and they host the annual Beantown Lindy Hop Summer Camp.
Dancing Feats Dance Studio (Newton, MA) offers Lindy, Jitterbug, West-Coast Swing, Latin dances, and more. Instructors include Neal Klein, Marie Lawlor, Susan Huppe, Carmel Gurucharri, Pam Levy and Marc Levetin. Dancing Feats also holds monthly dances which are always a blast. Check out the details on our dances page.
The Longfellow Club, Wayland, MA. Dances and lessons for Two Step, Waltz, West Coast Swing, Salsa, or Hip-Hop.
For more info on Boston area dances, see the Dances/Roadtrips/Massachusetts listings.
Connecticut & Rhode Island    Up
“Jitterbug” Jane Dumont’s web site has lots of information on swing dance activities in the Hartford, Connecticut area.
DJ Ken Mercik: West Coast swing and Country Dance in Connecticut.
Providence Swings: swing dancing in the Rhode Island area.
Brown University’s Swing Club: Providence, Rhode Island.
Swingin’ 88s: A bunch of cool swing cats from Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
TwirlTheGirl: The web site home of West Coast Swing instructor, Jennifer Lyons, in West Warwick, Rhode Island.
Shoreline Swing: Southern Connecticut.
New York City    Up
Make sure you check out: Yehoodi.com
Hop, Swing and A Jump and Hop Swing are the web sites of our favorite dancers, former World Champion Swing Dancers, Nathalie Gomes and Yuval Hod.
New York Swing Dance Society (NYSDS) is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to the revival and promotion of swing dancing to live Big Band music. They are organized under the Cultural Council Foundation in NY. The Society sponsors weekly dances with live Big Bands every Sunday evening at The Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place at 15th Street. Don’t be surprised if you bump into Frankie Manning on the dance floor. He’s often there on Sunday nights when he’s not traveling.
Dance Manhattan is a centrally located social Ballroom, Swing, Latin and Tango dance studio.
Around New York State    Up
Hudson Valley Country Dancers hold two swing dances each month in the Poughkeepsie area.
Lindy Rick Our friend, Rick Schmidt works hard for the swing dance community in the Poughkeepsie area.
Yellow Pants Studio: Angelica Hesse’s dance studio in Albany, NY.
Saratoga Savoy dance studio, Saratoga Springs, NY.
Ithaca Socal Dance. All sorts of social dancing in Ithaca, NY.
Bill Borgida is one of the best known Lindy Hop instructors in the US.
Troy/Albany Swing Dance Calendar.
Rochester Dance: Links to dance events & organizations in the Rochester and Western New York area.
Swingin’ Montreal Founded in Montreal the same year that our own web site was started, Swingin’ Montreal has been instrumental in building the swing dance scene in Montreal.
Swinging Air Force: Montreal’s unique swing dance troupe, and first Canadian competition swing dance team.
Cat’s Corner: one of Montreal’s homes of Lindy Hop.
Studio88 Swing, The Swingin’ Air Force’s Montreal swing dance studio.
Port-O-Swing: Swing dancing in Quebec City.
Benjamin Ricard and Geneviève Kérouac: 2007 World Swing Dance Champions & 2005 World Lindy Hop Champions from Quebec City.
Swing Dynamite and the Swing Dynamite Dance School: Byron Alley’s Dedicated Swing Dance School in Ottawa.
SwingOttawa: the nation’s capital swing site
SmoothStyle is Andre & Maria - West Coast Swing dancers and dance teachers in Ottawa.
Queens Swing Club: Kingston, Ontario. A student-run swing dance club at Queens University.
Odd Socks: More swing and waltz in Toronto, presented by Simon Threlkeld.
Hogtown Swing: Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, Authentic Jazz Dancing in Toronto, by Dan Amores.
Toronto Lindy Hop: Jody Glanzer’s comprehensive list of everything Lindy Hop in Toronto. Not to be missed if you’re in T.O.
Count On Dancing: West Coast Swing in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario.
Toon Town Swing: The home of swing dance in Saskatchewan.
Vancouver Swing: The home of swing dance in Vancouver, B.C.
SF Lindy Hop. Lots of links, resources, and a calendar.
San Francisco Bay Area Lindy List. Bay Area Lindy Hop calendar.
DJ Jesse Miner. Jesse is easily America’s leading swing DJ. If you find a dance where Jesse is DJing - be there!
Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Lavay is a regular at Cafe du Nord and other hot spots in the Bay Area.
The 9:20 Special offers Thursday night lessons and dancing at the Russian Center, 2460 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115.
Kevin St. Laurent is an internationally known swing dance teacher, performer, and competitor from San Francisco.
Carla Heiney is an important contributor to the thriving San Francisco Bay area dance community. Among her many dance titles, Carla is a 2006 US Open Showcase Champion, 2007 National Jitterbug Champion, & 2007 American Lindy Hop Champion.
Metronome Dance Center is the ballroom where JohnT first studied Lindy Hop from Paul & Sharon. 1830 17th St. San Francisco, CA. 94102.
Lindy in the Park. If you’re in San Francisco on a Sunday, this one is not to be missed! Free swing dancing in Golden Gate Park.
Lindy on Sproul, Berkeley, CA. Free Swing dancing every Saturday.
Lake Merritt Dance Center 200 Grand Ave., at Harrison in Oakland, CA.
Michael and Persephone. Classes and dances in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco.
Swing Affair. South Florida’s leading resource for Lindy Hop and Swing Dancing, and home of the annual SoFlex exchange weekend.
Lindy Hop 411. The home of Tampa’s swing dance scene and an on-line discussion list.
Orlando Swing. Central Florida’s source for swing dance and Lindy Hop.
Swing Out New Hampshire is an excellent Lindy Hop weekend camp held Labor Day weekend at Camp Wicosuta, on Newfound Lake, near Hebron, NH. Numerous world-famous instructors like Steven Mitchell & Virginie, Bill Borgida, Skye Humphries & Frida Segerdahl, Joel & Alison Plys, Manu Smith and others teach at the event. Many visiting DJ’s also appear each year.
Ballroom Vermont Dance Camp for Grownups.
Swingin’ New England: Annual West Coast Swing & Lindy Hop weekend in Falmouth, MA. Includes numerous workshops with world-famous instructors, amazing competitions, national DJ’s, and tons of fun. John & Sandra Tomeny are members of the teaching faculty and John “Spin Doctor” is one of the featured DJ’s at Swingin’ New England. We host a table in the ballroom each year. To join our table, write “UVSDN Table” on your registration form.
Wicked Lindy Weekend is an excellent place to improve your swing dancing. With a focus on Lindy Hop and Balboa, Wicked Lindy Weekend includes world-class instructors like Andy Reid & Nina Gilkenson, Peter Strom & Ramona Staffeld, Ben Morris & Carla Heiney, and many others. Several visiting DJ’s, including our own local DJ John “Spin Doctor” Tomeny, also join the event.
The Boston Tea Party: A West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Carolina Shag, dance Revolution! Possibly the largest annual dance extravaganza in New England.
Beantown Lindy Hop Summer Camp: a combined event for dancers who want to study and improve their dance skills. The event includes the Beantown Mini-Camp, Northeast Lindy Hop Championships, and the week-long Beantown Lindy Hop Summer Camp, all hosted at Endicott College, Beverly, MA. The event features instructors like Ryan Francois & Jenny Thomas, Steven Mitchell & Virginie, Frankie Manning, and Kenneth & Helena Norbelie. Many visiting DJ’s, including our own local DJ John “Spin Doctor” Tomeny, join the event.
Canadian Swing Championships: Hosted on Canada’s Victoria Day weekend every May, this is the largest swing dance competition in Canada. CSC features lots of great workshops in Lindy Hop, Balboa and West Coast Swing from instructors like Sylvia Sykes, Nathalie & Yuval, Bill Cameron and lots of others. There are lots of visiting DJ’s from the US and Canada, and of course, lots of exciting competitions.
Québec Swing Rendez-Vous Over 300 people from the US, Québec, Ontario, and around the world, travel to Québec’s winter wonderland each year for the Québec Swing Rendez-Vous. Usually held in early February.
Ottawa’s Swing Explosion Ottawa’s swing dance festival for Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, Charleston, Balboa, Shag and Blues. Hosted by Swing Dynamite.
From Montreal with Love Share the warmth of a mid-winter Blues Dancing over Valentine’s weekend in Montreal. In the dead of winter, Montreal is freezing. It is colder than Toronto, Moscow, Estonia, Beijing, and New York City. But Montreal with Love brings “blues dancing” heat to this cold Canadian city. The organizers claim that this dance exchange features everything anyone could possibly desire: music, wine, and women (okay, more like: music, snacks, and dancers).
The White Mountain Boogie n Blues Festival: Sugar Shack Campground, Thornton, NH - August 18-19, 2007 - Featuring Duke Robillard, Shemekia Copeland, Blues Caravan, Albert Castiglia, and other artists.
Herräng: An amazing, month long, dance camp in Herräng, Sweden each July. The month is divided into four weeks. You can choose one or more weeks to attend. A week in Herräng can be anything from a wee breeze to a revolutionary experience close to the edge of total exhaustion. The schedule is comprehensive and undoubtedly one of the finest Lindy Hop (and related dance styles) camp to be found anywhere. The forty or so instructors who teach each year are a veritable who’s-who of Lindy Hop legend.
Dance Flurry an amazing and affordable festival of music and dance in Saratoga Springs, NY. Contra dance, Swing dance, and many, many other styles of dance day and night.
US Open Swing Dance Championships: The largest national swing dance event anywhere. Encompassing West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Carolina Shag and Hand Dancing. It is also the finale of the NASDE Annual Swing Dance tour.
American Lindy Hop Championships: National championships held every October in Stamford, Connecticut. A few decent workshops, lots of great competitions, national DJ’s, dance rooms for Lindy Hop, Blues, and Balboa.
USA Grand Nationals: The biggest Swing and Carolina Shag dance party in America (and in Atlanta).
All Balboa Weekend: Marty Klempner & Valerie Salstrom’s annual (usually in June) Balboa feast featuring the American Classic Balboa Championships in Cleveland, OH.
New Years Dancin’ Eve: Annual New Year’s Eve Party in Burlington, MA. Four nights of dancing, Battle of the DJs, New Year’s Eve dinner show. West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, and Hustle workshops.
Summer Hummer: More West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, and Hustle in August with many of the same instructors and DJ’s that are at the New Years Dance. This time at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, MA. Some favorite activities at this annual event include the Pool Party, Jack & Jill O’Rama, and Pajama Jam Late Night Party
North Atlantic Dance Championships: Formerly held in April each year, in its day, it was The Northeast’s biggest swing dance event. Featuring West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, and Hustle Dance.
National Jitterbug Championships: Annual championships for Lindy Hop, Balboa and Shag in Los Angeles, CA.
Camp Hollywood: Annual Hollywood Style Lindy Hop camp in Los Angeles. Always has great instructors & live bands.
Country Dance World Championships: Dec/Jan. Including the Worlds Invitational Swing Dance Championships and the World Line Dance Championship, Nashville, TN
Bob Thomas Productions: Eclectic mix of all things swing.
Red Hot Jazz Archive: Jazz History Online Archive Site.
Jitter Buzz: Lindy Hop in the DC area with loads of swing dance links. Hosted by Frank and Carole.
Jamie and Gail Arias, Dance! Dance! Dance!: Salsa, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Hustle, Disco, dance videos.
Aria’s Nosratinia’s Dance Page has some fun and interesting links.

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