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Heartland Swing Festival
April 6 - 9,  2017
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Des Moines, IA
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14 Instructors
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4 Days of
Dance Inspiration!
50 Classes
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9 Contests
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14 Instructors
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9 Amateur Contests
Newcomer and Advanced  Divisions

Learn to Swing Dance!

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 beginners track!

Amateur Competitions

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

Why us?

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.

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Friday Night Dance
25.00 USD

Join us at the Val Air Ballroom for an evening of live music with Des Moines’ very own NOLA Jazz Band. Watch the Lindy Hop Showcase and Jack & Jill competitions and then dance the night away!

Val Air Ballroom
Competitions start at 7 p.m.
Band Starts at 9 p.m.
$25 admission/$20 for students

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Saturday Night Dance
25.00 USD

Join us at the Val Air Ballroom for a night of swing dancing! Music provided by Robert Bell and the Hot Swing Combo. See the competitors throw down in the Team and Strictly Lindy Hop contests!

Val Air Ballroom
Team Competition start at 8 p.m.
Band Starts at 9 p.m.
$25 admission/$20 for students

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Sunday Night Dance
10.00 USD

The Sunday night dance is a time to let loose and unwind. Get down to the tunes of Southern California swing DJ David Frutos and catch the winner-take-all Fast Dance Battle.

Val Air Ballroom
7pm – 10pm
$10 admission

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Schedule Overview

Friday

Time Event
1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Elective Classes
Val Air Ballroom
7:00 p.m. COMPETITORS MEETING – Val Air Ballroom
7:15 p.m. Newcomer Jack & Jill Prelims
7:45 p.m. Open Jack & Jill Prelims
8:30 p.m. Showcase
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Live Music with NOLA Jazz Band

Val Air Ballroom

10:00 p.m. Newcomer Jack & Jill Finals
11:00 p.m. Open Jack & Jill Finals
12:30 a.m. Slow Groove Contest
2:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. Late Night Slow Jams

Saturday

Time Event
9:30a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Track Placements at Val Air Ballroom
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Elective Classes
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Live Music with Foxtrot Hot Shots

Miss Kitty’s

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Classes
4:15 p.m. COMPETITORS MEETING
4:30 p.m. Newcomer Strictly Lindy Prelims
4:45 p.m. Open Strictly Lindy Prelims
8:00 p.m. Door open Val Air Ballroom
8:15 p.m. Team
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Live Music with Robert Bell & The Hot Swing Combo

Val Air Ballroom

10:00 p.m. Newcomer Strictly Lindy Finals
11:00 p.m. Open Strictly Lindy Finals
2:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. Late Night Soul Jams
12:30 a.m. Solo Contest

Sunday

Time Event
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Elective Classes
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. DJ Gary Grimm will play music from his vinyl record collection
Miss Kitty’s
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Classes
3:00 p.m.

Movie Screening

Watch the premiere of the newest documentary about swing dancing. “Alive and Kicking” will be available for viewing at Miss Kitty’s

7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. Farewell Dance at Val Air Ballroom with DJ David Frutos
8:00 p.m. Fast Dance Contest

Instructors

LIVE MUSIC

Smashup Swing Band

Thursday, April 6 at 8 p.m.

NOLA Jazz Band

Friday, April 7 at 9:00 p.m.

Foxtrot Hot Shots

Saturday, April 8 at 11:30 a.m.

Robert Bell & The Hot Swing Combo

Saturday, April 8 at 9:00 p.m.

Sponsors

  • Step Into Swing Logo
  • Canadian Swing Championships
  • Southern Swing Challenge
  • Midwest Lindy Fest
  • Nevermore Jazz Ball Ad
  • Atlanta Varsity Showdown
  • Cowtown Jamborama
  • SwingIN
  • Greenwood Swing Out Logo
  • Stompology
  • Rhythm Weekend
  • Montreal Swing riot
  • Chorus girl University
  • Mullica Logo

Why dancers love Heartland!