Fall Swing Dance is a Success Yet Again

   Every semester Northern State University offers the opportunity to transport students back to the 1930s: an era of big bands and fast dancing.
   The NSU Swing Dances are held toward the end of each semester at the Ward Ballroom in the fall and the Dakota Event Center in the spring.
   This year, however, the spring dance will be held at the Ward Ballroom instead.
   These events provide a way to cut loose in an environment that is classy, elegant, and fun.
   “They remind me of prom! I like to think of them as Northern’s prom,” said NSU alumni Katie Wegleitner.
   She is right. Almost everyone dresses up in their most formal attire for an evening full of dancing and socializing.

   Swing dancing is a very common type of dancing that is beginner friendly and a whole lot of fun to try and learn.
   Swing dancing can range from the simple version of the jitter-bug to a fast-paced frenzy where people are flipping their partners all over the dance floor.
   It is quite the sight to see everyone out having a good time on the dance floor.
   The dances also provide an opportunity to listen to the talents of our music department without going to a formal concert.
   Not only do all of the jazz ensembles perform (Jazz Band 1, Jazz Band 2, and Vocal Jazz), but many students from Northern also perform solos that they have been working on with the different groups.
   The student-led group Jet Lagged also performs a few of their own pieces, which include jazzy renditions of some of today’s hottest hits from world famous performers.
   Don’t miss Northern’s spring Swing Dance at the Ward Ballroom. The date will be announced next semester.

Tyler Lanam

All photos courtesy of Balie Albrecht, Staff Photographer.