424 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457      (860) 347-6971 (x 3777)

Attention Vinnies Patrons,

Regretfully, I need to announce that all Vinnie' s classes and dances will be cancelled as of today 3/12 until further notice, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will be monitoring this very closely and communicate regularly regarding this situation.

Nat Holmes
Program Manager

Check out our Facebook page for updates!


Below are some of the questions often asked about classes at Vinnie's. Read through them, then choose a class and get moving!

Do I need experience?

No, Vinnie's classes are geared toward all levels of ability, and our instructors are patient through the process of learning to dance.

Do I need a partner?

No partner is needed. In partner dance classes like ballroom, salsa and swing, the instructor will pair you with someone when you arrive and you will rotate partners throughout the class, dancing with everyone.

Can I just drop in or do I need to sign up?

Most of Vinnie's classes are available on a drop-in basis for a flat fee payable each time you come. These classes do not require pre-registration. Simply pay the instructor upon arrival in cash or check.

Other classes can be purchased as a four-class (one month) series that offers discounts when purchased together. Series classes tend to build on themselves, steadily progressing in complexity from the first to fourth week. Many classes culminate in a completed "routine." Please plan to pay the instructor on the first class of the series.

Registration details for each class can be found on the class pages.

What do I wear?

Wear something comfortable that you don't mind sweating in - dance is a valuable form of exercise! Remember that some classes require special footwear or no shoes at all. Check your class's webpage for details.

I came to a swing event and loved it - where can I find more?

Check out these swing and blues groups, all over the state!

Connecticut Swing Dance Society ctswing.org
Hartford Underground hartfordunderground.com
Yale Swing and Blues yaleswingandblues.org
Shoreline Swing shorelineswingct.org
Hartford Community Dance hcdance.org

Are gift certificates available?

Whether for a dance enthusiast, fitness fanatic or someone interested in trying a new type of dance (or just something new!), Vinnie's gift certificates are a great gift that will get their toes tapping.

To purchase a gift certificate, call (860) 347-6971, ext. 3777. Please have your credit card available for reference. We will collect your payment information, process the payment and mail the certificates to you along with a receipt. You will receive the gift certificate within four business days.

Can I schedule private or group Lessons?

Individual and group private lessons with many of Vinnie's instructors are available upon request. Vinnie's must be contacted via e-mail or by phone in advance to schedule the lessons. Upon successful scheduling, the inquiring party, the instructor and a member of Vinnie's staff will be asked to read and sign an outsourcing agreement prior to the lesson.

Cost varies from instructor to instructor and is often negotiable. The average cost, however, is $50 per hour.

E-mail [email protected] or call (860) 347-6971, ext. 3777, for more information.

Are instructors available for hire?

Vinnie's instructors work hard to bring dance to everyone. Our teachers are available to teach and perform at your school, organization or company or at private or community events. Please contact Vinnie's to inquire about instructor availability. While each instructor has his or her own schedule, a Vinnie's staff member can work with you to determine the best teacher(s) for your event and inquire about their availability.

E-mail [email protected] or call (860) 347-6971, ext. 3777, for more information.

Can I get involved as an instructor?

Vinnie's is always open to opportunities to expand our programming. Send your resume and two letters of reference to [email protected], and we will review your application and contact you as appropriate.

Contact Vinnie's program coordinator, at (860) 347-6971 ext. 3777
or [email protected] to get started.

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