About Friday Night Swing Dance Club
The Friday Night Swing Dance Club is honored to be the oldest active swing dance organization in the Baltimore-D.C. area, and proud to host and support live music almost every Friday night in the big, beautiful 9,500 square foot ballroom of the Towson American Legion!
We’re passionate about sharing our enthusiasm for social dancing, and love introducing beginners to “Triple Step, Triple Step, Rock Step.” After 26 years of teaching, we have plenty of patience, and don’t take ourselves too seriously! Our classes are relaxed, fun, friendly and affordable. Although some of our students have gone on to compete or instruct, our primary focus is on developing dancers who can enjoy a lifetime of smooth, safe, social dancing.
For those who have already earned their Swing Wings, we offer a rotating menu of classes beyond basic East Coast Swing: West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues, and the key Ballroom and Latin dances like Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Merengue, and Salsa. Hosting occasional guest instructors for highly specialized dances like Argentine Tango gives us the opportunity to try new things and challenge our dance abilities.
Friday Night Dances reflect this appreciation for diverse dance forms. While bands primarily play Swing rhythms, DJ’d breaks mix it up with a blend of Ballroom, Latin, and other styles. Our community of dancers is equally diverse, and it gives us great joy to see so many people of all ages having fun together on the dance floor!
Don’t have a partner? No worries, there are plenty of friendly singles to dance with, and most couples also rotate dance partners. In fact, singles usually outnumber couples. Regardless of status, many people have discovered that Friday Night Swing dancing provides a safe social network and a fun, healthy way to overcome challenging life situations such as a recent move, divorce, or death of a loved one.
The Friday Night Swing Dance Club has been a labor of love for Chuck Alexander, who co-founded the group, initially holding dances at Johns Hopkins University, and later at the Boumi Temple and Towson Armory, before settling at the Legion. But running dances for over two decades would have been impossible without the help of many tireless volunteers. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who contribute their time and talent in so many ways, whether working the door, cleaning up, loading equipment, publicizing, decorating, baking, or simply offering a warm welcome to a new dancer. Thank you for your willingness to give back and keep us all dancing for another decade!