World renowned Instructors will introduce dancers to the lindy hop, the granddaddy of all swing dances. We offer 5 tracks of classes for all ages and ability levels. No experience necessary and no partner required. Join us in Des Moines for a weekend of swing dance!Check out the one-day Crash Course!
Competitors from all over the country make their way to Des Moines for one of the only all-amateur swing dance events in the world. We offer nine contests with divisions for newcomers and advanced amateur dancers.See if you are eligibile
It’s a party and everyone’s invited! We welcome dancers of all ages, races, and dance ability levels. Heartland is dedicated to the preservation of lindy hop, while inspiring a new generation of swing dancers through mind-blowing classes, electrifying competitions, and fiery live jazz.Register Now
This is an introductory level track. No previous experience necessary! Includes four hours of classes and the evening dances on Saturday. Join in on the Newcomer Jack & Jill or watch exciting competitions! Get on the right foot and start swing dancing!
Current price for next 50 registrants
Get everything you need. All evening dances and activities from Thursday-Sunday.
10 hours of instruction
4 nights of dancing
Eligible to compete in all contests
Get more attention in a smaller, fast-paced setting. This is a no-audition partner-required track. Instructors will not require dancers to rotate and they will teach to the top of the class. Class size will be limited to 10-12 couples. Take the Challenge!
I love Heartland Swing because it’s just big enough to have great competitions and top-notch instructors, but just small enough for it to be laid back with a great sense of community.
I love Heartland because they make friendly competition accessible to any dancer no matter how much experience that dancer has. I would encourage anyone to check them out. What Heartland does is truly in the spirit of celebrating Lindy Hop.
I look forward to returning to Heartland Swing Festival every year I found the event to be full of great music, teachers, and people that automagically become friends. I’d definitely recommend this event to any level of dancer!
Whether it’s the thrill of a competition, the sheer joy of social dancing with a new friend, or the challenge of grasping a difficult technique, Heartland Swing Fest has always provided a welcoming atmosphere for all dancers to experience… Every Heartland I’ve attended has been well worth it, and I look forward to attending the event for many years to come.
I’ve enjoyed Heartland Swing every year I’ve attended–it’s a great opportunity to dance with dancers of all levels in a comfortable setting. I distinctly remember feeling at home at Heartland as a beginner and with a few years of dancing under my belt. Hope to see you there!
Heartland is one of my favorite events of the year – the event always feels amazingly warm and welcoming, there are always excellent instructors, and I am consistently inspired by the competitions and performances. Midwest is best!
Heartland Swing is one event I highly anticipate every year because of their dedication to creating moments full of joy surrounding swing dance and jazz music. The passion for movement and music shines through every attendee and is contagiously transferred to all who compete, social dance, play, and DJ. I highly recommend this event to anyone who wants to learn more or celebrate the art form we have all come to love.
This Lindy Hop event is mastering the best elements of a large event without losing the heart (pun not intended) and the intimacy that blankets smaller events. Heartland Swing Festival is growing beyond the regional event category into a national force.
Heartland Swing was the first weekend event I attended and has remained a personal favorite throughout my years of dancing. During competitions and social dancing there is an amazing crowd and buzz you can feel in the dance hall… I love coming back to Heartland to reunite with old friends, meet new people, and for the renewed spark to explore and expand my dancing.
I love Heartland Swing Festival because every dancer benefits from the weekend from the very beginner to the most advanced. The classes are well planned for every level of dancer, and even the competitions cater to all levels giving the opportunity for everyone to have a place to compete. I also feel the love and pride of the event from all the event organizers and attendees. This event has so much good energy!!!!!
Heartland Swing Festival was my first experience at a big dance event. It is still among the best I’ve ever been to… Walking into the absolutely gorgeous ballroom with the majority of the fantastic dancers dressed to the 9’s is awe inspiring. The live bands are incredible… The late night dancing, though, is my favorite part with groovy tunes that contrast the frantic pace of the live bands – perfect after a long day of dancing… I can’t recommend Heartland Swing Festival enough!