Most of the time, blues and swing dancing occurs at social dances (at least in my experience). However, people in the blues/swing community sometimes throw house parties specifically for the purpose of having some fun dancing at a party, as opposed to the usual venues. I’ve been to a couple such parties, and they have always been ton of fun.
Blues dance house parties have a very different feel to them than social dances. For one thing, there’s usually plenty of booze for guests to enjoy. Also, the dance space is also a bit more…cramped. While having a dozen or more couples dancing in a dance studio is quite comfortable, having that same number of dancers in the average living room can be a bit of a tight squeeze. But of course, people find a way to make it work. 🙂
Generally speaking, people prefer to have blues dance house parties as opposed to swing dance house parties. This is mainly because swing dancing takes up a lot more room, and there’s a much greater chance of people bumping into each other, knocking things over, etc.
One cool aspect of dance house parties is the chance to DJ. Hosts are generally pretty cool with letting whoever wants to try it DJ, as long as they’re familiar with blues music/dancing and have a good idea of what’s blues danceable. Sometimes there can be 4 or 5 DJs in one evening, which can make for some fun, albeit eclectic, set lists. And since blues is so flexible, there will sometimes be more modern/pop sounding songs played, which can be great fun to blues to.
If you have any thoughts, questions, or experiences of your own you’d like to share, feel free to post a comment! I’d love to hear what you have to say!