Monday Night Swing and FUNdamentals Classes


New Hilo Hep Cats’ Lindy Hop lessons begin Monday, January 23 at Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili Street (corner of Haili and Kapiolani, across from St. Joseph’s Church.) **Please note: no class on February 20 (President's Day)**

Six week session for $35; additional classes $25 for 6 weeks.  Bring a friend (who has not taken a class from the Hep Cats before) at full price and get your own 6-week session for only $20.  Drop-ins $10.

7:00 p.m. Intermediate Lindy Hop: Students who have learned the swingout will explore new moves and concepts.  You will gain confidence with your Lindy fundamentals and apply connection and momentum skills to create your own signature style.  Some exposure to Charleston and/or Balboa is helpful but not required.

8:00 p.m. FUNdamental Dance Techniques: Each week, explore a skill which will take your partner dancing to a new level!  Many of these techniques will also apply to other social dances, resulting in more awesome experiences on the dance floor.  Beginners will build a strong foundation in partner communication and music interpretation, while experienced dancers will gain new perspectives while increasing their confidence to “paint outside the lines” and create their own unique styles.

Tuesday Night Blues and Charleston Dance Classes


New Hilo Hep Cats’ Blues and Charleston classes begin Tuesday, January 24 at Aloha Wellness Center, 239 Haili Street (corner of Haili and Kapiolani, across from St. Joseph’s Church.) **Please note: no class on February 14 (Valentine's Day)**
Six week session for $35; additional sessions $25 for 6 weeks.  Bring a friend (who has not taken classes from the Hep Cats before) for a session at full price, and get your session for only $20. $10 drop-in per class.

7:00 p.m. Blues Dance Fundamentals: Each week, focus on a different Blues style or skill. We will incorporate topics from Lucky Skillen’s workshop, helping students who took Lucky’s classes retain and practice the material.  Students who missed Lucky’s instruction will be exposed to his techniques.  Beginners are welcome to this mixed-level class.

8:00 p.m. Beginning Charleston: Add pizazz to your swing dancing!  Charleston moves can be injected into Lindy, East Coast Swing and other styles, revealing a new universe of energy and options!  You will master the basic Charleston rhythm and learn both a palette of solo moves plus two different partnered positions.


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.

February 18: The Jazztones enliven Swinging Saturday at the Elks!  Join us UPSTAIRS for a beginner-friendly lesson at 7:00 followed by live jazzy dance music from 8:00-10:00.  The Jazztones are JP Thoma (sax & flute), Fred He (guitar), Matt Spencer (bass) and Steve Bader (drums).  This week, they’ll be joined by vocalists Lisa Taylor and Cynthia Hathaway.  Entry is sliding scale $10-$20 (pay what’s right for you—the band appreciates your kokua!)  Only $5 with a pupu.  Kids 12 and under always free.

March 4: Join us DOWNSTAIRS for a beginner-friendly lesson at 7:00 followed by DJ'ed dance music from 8:00-10:00. SPECIAL PRICING—entry to downstairs Swinging Saturdays will be sliding scale $5-$10, or only $3 with a pupu.


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 anyway!

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.

PRICING OPTIONS for Swinging Saturday:

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.
Discount if you bring a pupu to share!  Your entry is only $5 if you bring a goodie for our snack table.
Regular entry is by sliding scale, $8-$15, whatever is right for you. Kids 12 and under are always free.


Jazz Mele at Hilo Town Tavern

Repeats every 0 months on the Saturday until Sun Feb 26 2017 .
Sat, 01/28/2017 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sat, 02/25/2017 - 18:00 - 21:00

Saturday, February 25 - JAZZ MELE at The Hilo Town Tavern - 6:00-9:00

Special band (a repeat from November)  Alex Czerny - piano, Loren Antolik - guitar, Diana Webb - bass, Noa Eads - drums and Lou Ann - vocals.  It’s gonna be fun!  And we’ll throw in a little romance for February!

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!

Classic Jazz Standards, Swing, Latin, Boogie-Woogie, and Jump Blues


Blues by the Bay

Repeats every month on the Thursday until Fri Mar 10 2017 .
Thu, 01/12/2017 - 18:00 - 21:00
Thu, 02/09/2017 - 18:00 - 21:00
Thu, 03/09/2017 - 18:00 - 21:00

Blues by the Bay.  Every 2nd Thursday at Kukuau Studio ( ) Larry Dupio & friends play awesome, danceable blues!  The (painted concrete) dance floor is fairly small, but the rhythm is rocking!  $7 entry; there’s also a donation bar and light snacks.  The venue is at 43D Kukuau Street, between Kilauea and Kinoole.  Curator Bub Pratt would love to see more Hep Cats dancing!  


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

Hilo Hep Cats on Facebook!

There are two options for connecting with us on Facebook:

Either way, you'll get updated information on our events and activities. Check it out!


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