Welcome to The 8th Annual New Orleans Swing Dance Festival, the former home of The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown! (ULHS is currently on indefinite hiatus. But we have lots of wonderful things in store for the festival this year.)

Come experience the wonders of our magical traditional jazz, blues, and swing dance community September 29th through October 3rd 2016!

For the first time ever, The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival is offering 16 hours of  dance classes for ALL LEVELS featuring an almost exclusivelly local crew of New Orleans' finest professional lindy hop, balboa, jazz, blues, & chorus line teachers - Andy Reid, Mia Goldsmith, Todd Yannacone, Amy Johnson, Laura Manning, Kerry Genese, Chance Bushman, Giselle Anguzizola, & Bobby Bonsey. Class schedule is being worked on as we speak. Stay tuned for more info!

And as usual, we will have all live music, all the time. Every daytime dance, evening dance, and after party features live local jazz, swing, & blues.

Several pass options are available for those who don't want to take classes (Dance Pass!) or those who want to take lots of classes (All Access Pass!). We even have a pass for Beginning Swing Dancers.

If you've already purchased a weekend ticket prior to July 6th, you're pass includes 4 free classes only. You'll be able to select your classes in the next month and you'll be able to pick from any of the dance classes offered. If you want to take more than 4 hours of class, there is an add-on for you.

Click the link below to select your pass option or add-on...



We are proud to anounce The Ace Hotel New Orleans as our main location for the weekend. Most of our dance workshops, evening dances and after parties will be at the beautiful Ace Hotel!

Ace Hotel New Orleans - 600 Carondelet - Walking distance to the French Quarter & Right on the Street Car line!

The Ace is sandwiched inbetween the BEST coffee in the city, Stumptown Coffee, and Josephin Estelle restaurant. We are only a couple of blocks from Rouses grocery store. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, a cozy lounge area with a cocktail bar open all day, a 24 hour photobooth, and a beautiful rooftop pool and garden with incredible views of the city.

The rooms where we will do our social dancing and have classes all have wood floors.

Nervous about being in New Orleans and getting around the city? No easier way to do The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival than by booking a room at the Ace Hotel. You'll be able to roll out of bed and go to dance class, stay up late at the after parties and not worry about having to figure out how to get home, take a dip in the rooftop pool in between classes and evening dances, or hang with swing dancers from all over the world in the lounge. Need buddies to walk with you to The French Market for daytime dancing?  If you're staying at the Ace, there's always going to be someone around to escort you. We've set up the event this year to feel safe and conveinent while still giving you that authentic New Orleans experience.

Rooms at the Ace New Orleans evoke the ornate inheritance-rich decadence of the birthplace of jazz.  All rooms come with a flat screen television, fully-stocked minibar and Smeg refrigerators, Tivoli Radio, free WiFi, Rudy's toiletries and Pearl+ soaps. Many rooms come with a record player or a Martin guitar for you to enjoy during your stay.

The price of the rooms at the Ace are slghtly more than other hotels in the area. New Orleans is a convention town and a popular wedding destination. Because of this, hotel prices tend to be higher in the spring and the fall. These rooms are not that much more than the hotels we have used in the past but the Ace is by far the most superior of them all.  We are obsessed with the Ace Hotel.  It has so much more to offer us in terms of its vintage style, its friendly local vibe, & its convenience. They put Martin guitars and record players in the rooms. It doesn't get much cooler than that!

To Book A Room at The Ace Hotel click on the link below. Book as soon as you can. Rooms will sell out fast.


For those who wish to stay with a local and save some cash. The housing request form will be up at the end of July. Housing is NOT guarenteed to anyone. Always have a back-up plan.


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