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Hand Dance Party

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Plaza
Silver Spring, MD  20910
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Hand Dancing is an improvisational form of swing-style partner dancing developed in the Washington, DC area in the early 1950s by African Americans as a form of recreation and entertainment. It evolved from the early Lindy Hop and Jitterbug dance styles but is rooted in the floor version of Swing.

Recognized as a traditional folk form and national treasure by the Smithsonian, hand dancing has been featured at the annual Folk Life Festival on the Smithsonian Mall.

Hand dancing is the dance of choice by those who grew up in this dance culture. The texture of the dance has gone to another level with the current generation of hand dancers, ensuring that it will be continued and preserved for future generations.

The mission of the National Hand Dance Association is to "Preserve, Educate and Promote the cultural art form of Hand Dance."

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Village members and non-members are welcome. Thursday April 18 at 3:00 at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Plaza. RSVP via the Village website calendar, by email to, or by phoning the Village at 301-503-7401.