Sudbury Swing Dance is a community organization that offers lessons and organizes social dances for both new and experienced swing dancers right here in Sudbury.  So here’s your chance to learn how to swing the night away while meeting new people and having a swing load of fun!

Swing dancing happens every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at Little Montreal (128 Elgin St.) and the best news is that you don’t even need a partner!  Just bring yourself, $5, a pair of indoor running shoes and a great attitude!  Each evening consists of a Beginner Lesson from 6:30pm-7:30pm and Social Dancing from 7:30pm-10pm.  Get out of your comfort zone and try something new!

What inspired you folks to begin a swing dance organization?

I guess the short answer is for the love it.  I was introduced to swing several years ago now and I still remember walking in to my very first big swing dance event in Toronto.  It was as close to a life changing experience as I’ve ever had!  The music, the dancing, the energy was just amazing.  The excitement was palpable.  My mind was blown and I was hooked.  I knew I needed more and to share this.  Ottawa and Toronto have amazing swing dance scenes and we wanted to bring that type of experience to Sudbury.

Does the group have weekly swing meetings? Tell us more about your schedule!

Currently we hold dance events the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at Little Montreal from 6 to 10pm.  There are plans (dreams?) to expand to weekly dances in a larger venue but in the meantime, I encourage anyone and everyone to come check us out at Little Montreal to get a feel for what swing dancing is.

We have other informal gatherings depending on what’s going on in town.  If we hear of a band that’ll be playing some good swing music for example, you’re likely to find some of us there!

Do you offer swing dance lessons for beginners?

Of course!  Every swing dance begins with a drop-in lesson for beginners.  These lessons are designed to give people who are completely new to swing dance (or even dance in general) some basic steps so they can begin dancing right away and get their feet wet.

We also have more formal lessons.  These are usually held in six week blocks (one lesson per week).  The next beginner series is being planned to begin in September.

Where can we find more information with regards to the Swing Dance Club?

You can find us on Facebook at Sudbury Swing Dance to receive updates as they come.  We can also be contacted directly either through a Facebook message or email: sudburyswingdance@gmail.com.

I’d also like to direct people to the Laurentian University Swing Dance Society.  As a student club it caters primarily to students, but non-students who just can’t get enough dancing are also welcome!


Isabelle Roy is an HK student at Laurentian University, fueled by coffee and sarcasm with an absurd love for Ben Howard. If she isn’t found belting out karaoke, you can assume she is drinking good wine with her dog. The only thing she loves more than chili cheese fries from Tucos is Miles Teller.

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