By Bryce Gibson, Kirby Camerino, Elyana Barrera and Claudia Resendez
In a world where “twerking” and “grinding” have become the go to dance move, it is refreshing that some people, even younger students at The University of Texas, are sticking to classic dances that are almost a century old.
One such dance is swing dancing. The fast moving, upbeat dance developed in the 1920s is still going strong today.
Swing dance is unique because it requires two people to partake in the many different dances that are considered “swing.” Some of the most popular are Lindy Hop, Jitterbug and the Charleston.
Swing dances were unique in different parts of the country during the 1920s and ’30s when the dance was first catching on. The dances were based on regional roots and influences. For instance, in Chicago swing was more of a two-step based dance, whereas in Los Angeles, it featured elements of the Charleston and the Fox Trot.
Today in Austin, many different forms of swing are being practiced in different locations all throughout the city. From East Austin to downtown, and even South Austin to UT’s campus, Austinites are finding ways to swing.
On Jan. 30th, dancers of all ages, mostly UT students, were welcome to enjoy a Swing Night at the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs Mansion located on San Gabriel Street just a few blocks west of UT’s campus.
Watch the UT Students Swing Dancing Video Here!
UT Students Swing Dancing Rev I
From beginners to professionals, dancers came out from 8 p.m. to midnight to show off their moves and perhaps even learn a few new ones. UT students currently enrolled in dance classes on campus, like senior journalism major Julia Ermlich, were happy to take what they learned in the classroom to the dance floor.
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UT Dance Class Photo Story
“We will learn a variety of dances this year such as the Salsa and the Waltz,” Ermlich said. “But the past few weeks we have been learning swing to get ready for the big night.”
People who are not UT students do not have to be disappointed in the fact that they cannot take dance classes offered by the University. Thanks to groups such as Austin Swing Syndicate, anyone with an ache to move and a willingness to learn can try their hand at swing dancing for a reasonable price.
So the next time you are about to go out with your friends and prepare to tear it up on the dance floor, try and take a break from twerking and try your hand at the dance that has managed to live on from generation to generation.