By Emily Sanderson | Photo: Byron Stumman
Imagine walking into a room full of people swinging it out to famous big band music by Glen Miller and Count Basie, right here in town. If this sounds like your type of scene, you are in luck! Florida State University boasts a thriving Swing Dance Club on campus that offers Swing Nights almost every Friday throughout the semester.
Even if you have never tried swing dancing, have no fear! The club offers dance lessons the hour immediately before the social dance begins. There is no cost to attend, and the event is open to people of all ages, not just those attending FSU. Students make up most of the participants, but folks of all ages, from children to senior citizens, can be found having a fun time out on the dance floor.
Swing dancing became popular during the Jazz Era in the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s, and has maintained its popularity in the decades since. There are several variations of swing dancing such as East Coast, West Coast, and the Lindy Hop.
Being that swing is a social dance, you can ask anyone to dance, and anyone can ask you. Everyone is encouraged to switch partners every so often in order to meet new people.
Swing dancing keeps you on your feet, so it is important to dress accordingly. Heels and sandals are not recommended; this dance is more about comfort and functionality than style. Be sure to bring a water bottle—you will need it as the night continues. Bringing a partner is not necessary, either; you will find plenty when you get to the classroom.
If you are looking to try something new or enjoy stepping back in time a bit, then joining the FSU Swing Dance Club is your chance to do so. Find our more information about specific dates and times of these events by visiting the FSU Swing Dance Club on Facebook, or join their Facebook group.