Marcus & Baerbl Mini-Workshop, March 31-April 1


World Dance Champions


Marcus & Baerbl



March 31-April 1, 2017


Come join us for a mini-workshop with Marcus and Baerbl!  Featuring classes in Lindy Hop, Balboa and Boogie Woogie, and social dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.


No partners needed! Beginners welcome at designated classes.


Click Here for Info on Marcus & Baerbl


Swinging Saturday at the Elks

Repeats every month on the Saturday and on the Saturday until Sun Dec 17 2017 .
Sat, 12/03/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 12/17/2016 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 01/07/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 01/21/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 02/04/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 02/18/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 03/04/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 03/18/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 04/01/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 04/15/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 05/06/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 05/20/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 06/03/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 06/17/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 07/01/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 07/15/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 08/05/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 09/02/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 09/16/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 10/07/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 11/04/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 11/18/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 12/02/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
Sat, 12/16/2017 - 19:00 - 22:00
The Hilo Hep Cats host an introductory swing lesson followed by a DJ'd dance party every 1st and 3rd Saturday at the Hilo Elks Lodge, 7-10 p.m.!  Bring a copy or photo of the poster on the left to get your first night free--and please print and post the poster somewhere public so everyone knows about our Swinging Saturdays and can join in the fun.

April 1: Join us UPSTAIRS for a Beginning Boogie Woogie class at 7:00 (taught by visiting instructors Marcus & Baerbl; $15) followed by DJ'ed dance music from 8:00-10:00. Entry is sliding scale $8-$15 (pay what's right for you)--or FREE for registrants of the Boogie Woogie class! Sorry, because we have guest instructors, no other discounts or passes apply this week.

April 15: Swinging Saturday 1950’s Sock Hop!  Jive to the music of the doo-wop, rockabilly and jitterbug era! Join us UPSTAIRS for a beginner-friendly lesson at 7:00 followed by DJ'ed dance music from 8:00-10:00. Costumes encouraged!  Games, contests, and special events! Entry is sliding scale $8-$15 (pay what’s right for you!)  Only $5 with a pupu.  Kids 12 and under always free. 

The Hilo Elks Lodge is at 150 Kinoole Street in downtown Hilo, but the parking and entrance is in the back, off Ululani Street (just past the YWCA, which is on the corner of Haili and Ululani.)  No partner needed--but bring a friend anywa

NOTE:  all participants in Swinging Saturdays are guests of the Elks, which is a private club.  One or more host Elks will always be in attendance at our events.  Be assured that everyone who comes is welcome and will be hosted by an Elk.

Can you believe it?  We’ve entered the 4th year of Swinging Saturdays at the Elks—and they’re getting more fun all the time!

In honor of our anniversary, we are offering SPECIAL REDUCED RATES for Swinging Saturdays when they are held DOWNSTAIRS AT THE ELKS, from March through August of this year. Regular entry for downstairs is now $5-$10 (sliding scale; pay what’s right for you!), and if you bring a pupu you pay only $3.  The first-night-free passes still apply and kids 12 and under are always free.  Come join us! We are usually downstairs at the Elks on the 1st Saturday of each month.

Your first night is free!  Bring one of the cards we've been distributing, or print out the card at left (or an image on your phone). Yes, this deal applies even to our special theme nights.



Tuesday Night Balboa and "Flairs" Dance Classes


New Hilo Hep Cats’ Blues and Charleston classes begin Tuesday, March 21 at Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili Street (corner of Haili and Kapiolani, across from St. Joseph’s Church.) 
Six week session for $35; discounts for multiple classes and if you bring a new student. $10 drop-in per class.

7:00 p.m. Beginning Balboa: A unique swing style native to S. California, Balboa features quick, shuffling footwork and an upright posture with a close embrace.  Particularly well suited for fast music, it is fun and elegant at slower tempos.  Expand your swing dancing to jazz tunes and even other genres (Hawaiian!) which are well suited to this style.  Beginning dancers welcome.  No partner needed.

8:00 p.m. Flairs and Flourishes: Liven up your dancing with these easy but flashy moves!  Lunges, fancy dips, and basic lifts like the Frog Jump can be handled by nearly any dancer with a reasonable fitness level and core stability.  We especially encourage leads to attend!

Monday Night Swing Classes


New Hilo Hep Cats’ Lindy Hop lessons begin Monday, March 20 at Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili Street (corner of Haili and Kapiolani, across from St. Joseph’s Church.)

Six week session for $35; discounts for multiple classes and if you bring a new student. Drop-ins $10.

7:00 p.m. Intermediate Lindy Hop: For those who are comfortable with the swingout, continue to learn moves, styling, connection and momentum!

8:00 p.m. Beginning 6 Count Lindy Hop: The most basic style of swing (similar to East Coast Swing and Jitterbug), we welcome all new dancers and those wanting to add Lindy to their dance repertoire!  No partner necessary.

Jazz in the Forest at Volcano Art Center (click picture for details)

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 16:30 - 19:30


Jazztones at the Wainaku Executive Center

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 17:00 - 20:00

Special Swing Night at Wainaku Executive Center, featuring The Jazztones!  No cover charge; pupu, crafts and libations available for purchase.  Music from 5:00-8:00, including a mini-lesson at the band’s break.  Parking is limited.  Wainaku Executive Center is at 26-238 Hawaii Belt Road, just outside of Hilo as you head toward Hamakua.  Dancing will be outside on the partially-covered lanai; expect concrete/tile floor and a fabulous sunset view of Hilo Bay.

Jazz Mele at Hilo Town Tavern

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 18:00 - 21:00

Friday, March 31 - JAZZ MELE at The Hilo Town Tavern - 6:00-9:00

Please help us welcome special guest Amy Lee on Sax.  Her claim to fame is a 15-year stint with Jimmy Buffet - plus lots of other great gigs.  It’s gonna be fun!   Alex Czerny - piano, Gonzo - bass, and Lou Ann - vocals. Drummer - TBA.

The Hilo Town Tavern

Hilo's hottest getaway for live music!
168 Keawe St.   935-2171
Full Bar!  Chicken Wings, Nachos, Salads & More!  Dancing! No Cover!



Hilo Hep Cats are now on Twitter!

The Hilo Hep Cats' Twitter account just went live!  Along with our email lists, website, Facebook page and Facebook group, Hep Cats on Twitter is yet another way to get the latest Hawaii Island dance news, as well as cool dance videos and other fun stuff!

Our Twitter handle is @HiloSwing; even if you don't have a Twitter account you can access the latest Hep Cats tweets at

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