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Get into the swing of things at Lancaster Swing Dance

Joe Roehm
Staff Writer

Skimming through last week’s paper, you may have came across an article titled “The Secrets of Millersville.” This article talked about several interesting places such as Kendig Square, where students can watch a movie for about $4, and the Newman House, where students can get a free home cooked meal at 5:00 p.m every Wednesday night. Hearing about all of these special places may have gotten you thinking about all the interesting activities that happen in Lancaster. The biggest secret about Lancaster is the weekly swing dancing that is held on Saturday nights at Living Hope Community Church on Columbia Avenue.

People of all ages come to Lancaster Swing Dance to learn how to swing dance and enjoy great music.
People of all ages come to Lancaster Swing Dance to learn how to swing dance and enjoy great music.

The atmosphere at Lancaster Swing Dancing is energetic and friendly. Most people that go there are not experts, although the people who are experts are incredibly helpful. Each dance has a designated person who will help new dancers learn more complicated dance moves. Before each dance, a training session is held for an hour so that people who are brand new to swing dancing can learn the basic steps. The instructors break down the entire dance steps into easy to learn movements, designed to help even the most stiff legged person be able to dance.

The deejays at this event also do a quality job. Since swing dancing is a relatively old style of dance, the music that goes along with it is mostly from the 1960s and before. It adds an old-timey flavor to the dance. If you play or have played “Fallout 3” or “Fallout: New Vegas,” the music is reminiscent of the music played in those video games. Although the majority of music is older, that does not mean it is restricted to old style swing music. Contemporary artists such as Michael Buble often appear during the dance as well. The best way to describe the type of music played during swing dancing would be the “Big band” sounding songs by artists like Frank Sinatra or Bobby Darin. Also, once a month or so, the dance sponsors a live band.

Lancaster Swing Dance is held in Living Hope Community Church on Saturday night on Columbia Avenue.
Lancaster Swing Dance is held in Living Hope Community Church on Saturday night on Columbia Avenue.

Now let’s talk price. For a small cost of $4, a person can dance all night to their heart’s content. Actually, if you bring a snack along, such as a bag of chips or a drink, the price goes down to a meager $1. During the nights with a live band the price goes up to $7 a person, but that is just to pay for the band.

Lancaster Swing Dance is a fun place to go for people of all ages. Local swing dancer Jeana Morgan attests to this fact. “It’s a great place to go on a Saturday night to meet new people and have a fun time! The music is great, and the instructors are all very knowledgeable,” Morgan said. Lancaster Swing Dancing is indeed a quality place to go for a night out. Paired with a nice dinner at Chili’s or Applebee’s, Lancaster Swing Dancing is a perfect place to go on a date. If you like to boogie woogie or cut a rug, and you’re interested in learning a classy new way of dancing, Saturday night’s at 7:00 p.m. come on over to swing dancing for a great time.

Facebook: Lancaster Swing Dance
Location: 2823 Columbia Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603