JiveSwing organises a range of monthly social dance nights and annual weekends. These are a great way to meet lots of new people from other classes. They’re great fun and on weekends, you’re likely to meet people from around the world.
In addition to our regular events, we never miss an opportunity for a social get-together with meals, picnics, days out to vintage events and social dancing at local events and venues.
FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
Going since 2009, Harlem Nights is Watford’s very own monthly social swing dance night, held every 1st Saturday of the month. Social dancing is a great way to meet people from other classes and improve your dancing quickly, by dancing with other dancers. Harlem Nights generally attracts dancers from all over Herts, London, Essex and further afield. Most months you’ll dance the night away to a live band and changing playlists from our resident DJs, several who DJ Internationally!
Whether you’ve just taken your first class or you’re a flash dancer, you’ll have a great time. The event is BYOB, though squash, water and light snacks will be provided. Visit our booking page and get your ticket!
Free parking is available at the Church, however it can get very busy. Alternative car parks in close walking distance are Sutton Road, Palace, Kings & Queens.
SECOND SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH
Retro Nights are held every month in Chelmsford, at the British Royal Legion, Chelwater.
Whilst this amazing venue has a licensed bar, nice wooden floor and plenty of parking nearby, its key attraction is that JiveSwing has a really warm, welcoming, friendly, lively and trendy swing dance scene. Whether you come by yourself or with friends, you’ll leave with lots of new ones.
Our top DJ’s will keep the floor jumpin’ with a variety of tracks plus we often have live swing bands. Once you’ve been to Retro weekends, your weekends will never be the same again!
There is a licensed bar, and free light nibbles will be provided. There is free parking available at the venue and surrounding roads.
Smart casual dress or vintage appreciated, but not essential.
EVERY THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
Boogie Shack is mid-Herts monthly social dance night, normally held every 3rd Saturday of the month at The Zoo Café (Pioneer Hall), recreating the feeling and atmosphere of the 1930s Savoy Ballroom.
Playing an ecclectic mix of chilled out swing, there’s something for everyone!
Everyone is welcome. The night features guest DJ’s and/ or live bands, sometimes a complimentary swing class suitable for all levels, plus FREE soft refreshments. NB: You can bring your own alcohol!
Free parking is available on nearby roads and outside Nuffield Health Centre in the Madford Retail park. NB please do not park outside the retails shops as this is restricted.
Vintage/smart dress is appreciated.
EVERY JULY, IN WATFORD
Join us for the biggest and best FREE swing dance and music festival, right at The Big Jiveswing Festival in Cassiobury Park. Now in its fifth year, we’ve started as we mean to go on and the demand has been incredible!
Make sure you get yourself to this amazing event, that you could usually expect to pay for! Bring your friends, family and pets, and enjoy a lovely day.
Join us in the fight against cancer, at Breast Fest – our annual dancing Fundraiser for breast cancer & donations to other cancer charities.
Support the good causes by wearing something pink, or something that is significant to you, get involved in the raffle and swing out for charity! With great live music, fun classes, performances and top DJ’s, it’s always a popular evening.
GOOD NIGHT SWEETHEART - GNSH
GNSH (Goodnight Sweetheart) was a landmark event for swing dancers, running every February since 2002, up until 2017, and marked the beginning of the swing dance calendar, attracting the next generation.
GNSH was dedicated to promoting African-American vernacular dances from the jazz era and had a top line up of international teachers.
View the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJj_wV8nph8
2020 will be the 10th year of the Jiveswing Vintage Ball – one of the UK’s classiest nights to wear your poshest vintage or formal dress or don your finest DJ, Tux or vintage attire… An exquisite evening of swing, blues and dancing till the small hours of the night. Each year the ball sells out to approx 250 -300 dancers,from around the UK and Europe.
The exclusive Spirella Ballroom, with a superb, fully sprung ballroom, bar & beautiful surround. One of the key comments about JiveSwing events, is the friendliness, fun, inclusiveness and everyone dances with everyone, to dance the night away to vintage DJ’s & Live Swing Music