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Friday Night Dance

Join us at the Val Air Ballroom for an evening of live music with provided Des Moines’ very own NOLA Jazz Band. Watch the Lindy Hop Showcase and Jack & Jill competitors 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

Eventbrite - Heartland Swing Festival & Collegiate Jitterbug Championships Friday 2017

Saturday Night Dance

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

Eventbrite - Heartland Swing Festival & Collegiate Jitterbug Championships Saturday 2017

Sunday Night Dance

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

Eventbrite - Heartland Swing Festival & Collegiate Jitterbug Championships Sunday 2017

Weekend Passes

Beginner’s Crash Course
99.00 USD

This is an introductory level track. No previous experience necessary!

Includes four hours of classes. Join in on the Newcomer Jack & Jill or watch exciting competitions! Get on the right foot and start swing dancing!

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Full Weekend Passes
175.00 USD

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

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Competitors Pass
135.00 USD

This is the perfect pass for all the amateur competitors out there! This pass grants you access to all dances Thursday – Sunday, and it includes all contest fees. Grab a partner and get ready to compete!

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Party Pass
70.00 USD

Entry into all weekend dances Thursday – Sunday

Ineligible to compete

No classes are included in this pass

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Packages First 25 Next 50 Next 75 Next 100 At Door
Full Weekend Pass $145 $155 $165 $175 $185
Competitor Pass $135 $145
Beginners Crash Course  $99 $99  —  —  —
Party Pass** (Dances only) $70 $70 $70  — $80

Group Rates

We love groups! There is no better way to experience Heartland than by sharing all the fun with your close friends. We have had groups from Atlanta, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and of course Iowa. So get your friends together and experience the joy of the Heartland Swing Festival with all your best mates!

  • Groups must consist of 10 or more dancers.
  • Discounts only apply to Full Weekend Passes.
  • Contingent on space availability
  • Group organizers must provide a list of names to set up discount.

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Bring Your Dance Team!

Join teams from around the U.S. and battle it out for the Cutters’ Cup Trophy!

We expect that this division will fill up quickly, so don’t delay.

Team Contest Registration

Cancelation Policy

When you register for the Heartland Swing Festival, you are reserving a spot in class and on the dance floor. We count on your presence and your payment to make our event successful. Please do your best to make a commitment to the event after you register.

We understand that “life happens,” so we have tried to make a policy that is fair for everyone. Full refunds will be granted for requests made 60 days before the event. There will be no refunds granted after February 6, 2017. There will be no exceptions to remain fair to everyone.

You will not be allowed to transfer your pass to future events. You are allowed to sell or give your pass to another person.

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