Social dancing

Come and dance with us regardless of experience, clothing, or whether you have a partner!

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Inclusive and safe space

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Yale Swing, Blues, and Fusion is the non-competitive swing and blues dancing community on campus. We provide a space for people to get together and dance in a fun, informal setting.

Our regular events include monthly swing dances, weekly swing, blues, and fusion practica on Sundays, weekly fusion practica on Tuesdays, and trips to local dancing events. We offer Lindy Hop and Blues lessons every semester, for a nominal fee, and invite guest instructors for dance workshops at various points throughout the year.

Our events are open to everyone – undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, and members of the broader New Haven community.

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Get ready for these events, coming up soon!
Practicum Location: Slifka Center at 80 Wall St, Date: Sun Sep 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM - Sun Sep 25, 2016 at 10:30 PM

The highlight of our week and of yours. Join us for DJed social dancing with wonderful company in a relaxing atmosphere! No experience, no partner necessary—a smile will suffice. Swing from 7:30 to 9, and then blues/fusion from 9 to 10:30.

Water bottle recommended

Cost? FREE

Swing Beginner Lesson Series Location: Slifka Center at 80 Wall St, Date: Tue Sep 20, 2016 at 6:30 PM - Tue Oct 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM

YSBF invites you to our Beginner Swing Lesson Series, a set of four weekly 90-minute dance lessons. Learn the steps of six-count East Coast swing, Charleston, the Swing Out (Lindy Hop), and more! No dance experience or partner needed, just your enthusiasm and comfortable shoes! We also recommend a water bottle. This event is open to everyone – we love welcoming people from outside Yale!

Blues Beginner Lesson Series Location: Slifka Center at 80 Wall St, Date: Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM - Wed Oct 12, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Join us for four weeks of blues lessons. You'll learn how to lead and follow this social dance, and be ready to hit the dance floor!

We'll meet from 6:30-8pm on 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, and 10/12.
Classes are $10/person, or $8 if you're a student. If you register for the whole series online, it's $40/person or $30 if you're a student. You can register here:

You don't need:
-a partner
-any experience
-special shoes

You might be sad if you don't have:
-a water bottle
-comfortable clothes

Contact Improvisation Workshop for Beginners Location: TBD, Date: Sat Oct 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM - Sat Oct 8, 2016 at 6:00 PM

This special contact improvisation workshop for beginners will bring us to enrich our movement and dance vocabulary. The wonderful Moti Zemelman is coming to New Haven and we are delighted to have him teach!

General Admission: $40
Register online or at the door.

Registration online:

--- About Contact Improvisation ---

Through the physical principles of touch, momentum, and weight sharing, this dance practice explores the skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings. Together we create a safe space to explore these skills and let our curiosity and joy lead the dance.

--- About the Workshop ---

Touching the Moment: From Stillness to Impulse to Action
Contact Improvisation is an honoring of every moment. There is a sweet surrendering that happens when our bodies stay faithful to what is happening now, and now... and NOW! In this workshop we learn to recognize and differentiate the subtle impulses in our choices and our partner's choices. We begin to decipher the cues that we give and receive which tell us when to lead or follow, when to go up, when to go down, where to touch, how to lift, when to slow down, and when to be still. Learn to stay in integrity with each choice, never forcing, never rushing. When Body, Mind, and Spirit are united in their instinctive wisdom we find our-selves at home in every moment expressing our true nature.
- For the Beginner in all of us

And keep an eye out for these dances coming up later! Note that some of the information might still be forthcoming, so keep an eye out for that, too!
ECX - Elm City Exchange 2016 Location: New Haven, CT (various locations TBD), Date: Fri Oct 28, 2016 at 8:00 PM - Sun Oct 30, 2016 at 10:30 PM

Dancers near and far, rejoice--it's nearly time for the 2016 Elm City eXchange (ECX)! Whether you are a veteran ambi-dancer or have just begun to explore the wonderful world of social dancing, this will be a weekend of dancing, dining, and delight you won't want to miss!

Our Facebook event ( will have the most up to date information on registration, housing, volunteer opportunities, and specifics for the individual dances! We'll update the email as well, but check there for the most up-to-date information!

HOW to get more information:
- Visit our website:
- Visit the Yale Swing, Blues, & Fusion Facebook page:
- Email:
- Volunteering:

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