Have a Friday night coming up with nothing to do? Check out Red Hot Swing Fridays for some swing dancing! The swing era began in the 1920s and 30s when Big Band music was hot on the scene. It involves a variety of partner dances including the Lindy Hop, Charleston, and foxtrot. Over the years it has gone by names such as jitterbug and boogie-woogie, but what has stood the test of time is a love for great dancing to great music.
This is the exact passion behind Red Hot Swing, the hub for swing dancing in Victoria, BC. Red Hot offers some fantastic classes throughout the year but a favourite among amateur and professional dancers are the Red Hot Swing Fridays—a weekly social dance party open to anyone looking for something fun to do on a Friday night. These Friday night events take place in Dance Victoria Studios north of Hillside and are open every week, including holiday weekends. The best thing about these nights is that you don’t have to have any experience or even a partner—you can just show up! They have a drop-in beginner lesson at 8:35pm where you can get a handle on the basics of the Lindy Hop, Charleston, Shag, and Balboa and then the dancing starts at 9:20pm and goes until 12:30am.
On the last Friday of each month a live band provides the music and this month it happens to land on Halloween! To celebrate there will be a special dance party with treats and costume prizes. This night is $13 for adults and $10 for students. Regular admission on normal nights is $8/adults and $5/students.
Make it a special night by grabbing dinner at Restaurant Matisse or IL Terrazzo before you head over to dance the night away. A weekend on Vancouver Island simply would not be complete without staying at The Prancing Horse Retreat. Our bed and breakfast is the ultimate retreat with the most breathtaking views you will ever see! We are just 20 minutes north of Victoria – so just a quick scenic drive out for a night of dinner and dancing. Then you can come back and relax in your private soaker tub or rest near your warm fireplace. In the morning you will be greeted with the Olympic Mountains out your window and a gourmet breakfast will be waiting for you. View our suites, specials, packages, and availability online or contact us anytime at (250) 743-9378.