ACU Swing Cats to host Fall StompPosted September 19, 2013
Now that the school year is in session, ACU's student organizations are in full swing - especially the ACU Swing Cats.
Photo courtesy David Holmes Photography
The swing dancing club will host the fourth annual Fall Stomp, a swing dance event open to the community, at the Elks Club Ballroom on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.
The Fall Stomp is a celebration of the Swing Cats' 10-year anniversary. In the club’s infancy, members performed at a limited variety of events such as Ethnos, ACU's annual culture show, and Sing Song. Since the revision of the university's policy on dancing, however, Swing Cats has expanded its reach beyond the borders of ACU.
In 2010, the Swing Cats partnered with the ACU Jazz Band to host its first community swing dance event, the Fall Stomp. The initial event proved so successful that it has become an annual community event.
“It's how swing dancing began: in Harlem, New York, with dancers of all backgrounds coming together to dance with a live band,” says SwingCats sponsor, Dr. Cole Bennett, associate professor and chair of the Department of Language and Literature.
At this year's Fall Stomp, beginner lessons will start at 7 p.m. for those who want to learn a few steps. Attendees are encouraged to dress up, and there will be a photo booth to capture images from the evening’s events. Beginners and advanced dancers are welcome to dance to the sounds of the ACU Jazz band from 8-10 p.m. Admission is free.
The mission of Swing Cats is to promote and sustain interest in pre-1950 U.S. social swing dance culture, including music, dress, and period-accurate dance styles. The main dance goals focus on East Coast swing, Lindy Hop, and Charleston.