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We are a social club that preserves and teaches a unique style of dance called D.C. Hand Dance (DCHD) that originated in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area in the mid-1950's. This smooth style of swing evolved from Jitterbug and was known in its early years as "fast dance." D.C. Hand Dance is noted for its complex hand turns done in circular and slotted patterns to the beat of slow to moderate tempo music.
We dance at various places during the week and one Saturday of each month. Come take our free lessons, provided by certified Hand Dance Instructors. See details about our weekly and monthly dances - Weekly and Monthly Dances.
****Chairperson is needed to recruit and organize Election of incoming Board. Please see/email Phyllis for details.
***NEEDED: Energetic, Club Oriented, Able to Devote Time, Follow Club Mission and By-Laws to preserve the DCHD CLUB est. 1994 and Promote the DCHDC.
The new incoming Board will take over effective September 2023 and have a 2 year obligation until Sept 2025.
Please see Phyllis and Board members for information.
Thank you for your support.
Click on the link below and mail your check and form to the address on the form.
Bowie Elks Lodge #2309
1506 Defense Hwy
Gambrills, MD 21057
Next Monthly Dance is June 17 at the Bowie Elks Lodge.
Doors open at 6:45
HD Beginner starts at 7:00 DI. TBD
HD Intermediate starts at 7:30 DI. TBD
Dancing starts at 8:00 to 11:00 pm DJ. Dr. Jay
Light Snacks and Cake will be Provided.
Hope to see you there.
Dance Instructors are needed. We have a lot of great Hand Dancers in our Club. We need for you to become certified and join the HD Dance Instruction Team. We have a lot of New Members that need instruction on how to Hand Dance as to keep the preservation of the dance. .
Please See Criteria:
Training Course for Certification for DC Hand Dance Instructors.
To ensure that the Club maintains a sufficient number of certified hand dance instructors, our Lead Instructor, Louise Pyles will again offer the training course to certify DC Hand Dance instructors. Individuals who meet the qualifications below and are interested to participate in teaching the DC style of hand dance at Club venues should contact Louise Pyles. Qualifications would be:
1. Knowledge of basic through intermediate skills with the DC Hand Dance. Individual should have at least 2 years of experience and proficiency with the dance.
2. Willingness to teach the basic steps in accordance with the standardized training method as previously developed by Louise Pyles and Betty Bunch Garcia. Instructors must agree to use the standardized method of instruction defined in the Teacher Training Guide so that students receive consistent and uniform presentation of the style by each of the Club’s instructors.
3. Willingness to learn and be able to teach both the lead (male) and follow (female) parts of the dance. 4. Possession of the audio equipment (PA speaker and microphone system) along with appropriate music needed to conduct group lessons. The individuals would need to pay Louise Pyles for the classes. The cost will depend on how many people are training at one time, and the length of time needed for proficiency to obtain certification. If you are interested, please call Louise Pyles at 301-579-9486 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alibi's weekly dance venue is open each Tuesday
Lessons 6 - 7 pm
Lessons each week
Dance Instructors: Sondra Riley/Darryl Ingram
Dancing 7 - 10 pm
Please check back for any other updates.
Glory Days weekly dance venue is open each Wednesday.
Lessons in June 2023 will be the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 6-7:00pm
Dance Instructors: Merv Roussell/Louise Pyles
DJ hosted Dancing 7 - 9:30 pm
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Come join DC Hand Dance Club on Tuesday nights at Alibi's Bar & Grill. Lessons 6-7pm, with instructors Sondra Riley & Darryl Ingram. Dancing follows. Nice cozy speak easy bar with great atmosphere!
Come join DC Hand Dance Club on Wednesday night at Glory Days in Edgewater, MD.
Private room in back, ask at front desk!
Club DJ hosted music and dancing: 7:00 - 9:30 pm each Wednesday.
Free Hand Dance Lessons - 2nd & 4th Wednesday in June 2023, 6-7 pm. Dance Instructor: Merv Roussell or Louise Pyles
The DC Hand Dance Club held their yearly NYE Dance at the Double Tree by Hilton BWI. The floor was large and gave us plenty of room to dance.
Thanks to Jack Jones from NVSC for this wonderful video of our New Year's Eve Gala!
The DC Hand Dance Club held their monthly dance on September 10, 2022 with the theme of the 1950’s Rock and Roll. Here is a short video of the dancers doing “The Stroll”. Thank you Jack Jones from NVSC for this video!
DC HandDance Club "Old Time Dance Demo"
Bunky and Elaine at the June, 2022 Monthly Dance! More to come at GLory Days on Wednesdays.
DC HandDance Club St. Pat's Dance - March 19, 2022 (Thank you Jack Jones from NVSC!)
*See photos under the Events tab, 2022 MMATBE