Culture Festival: Southampton Swing Dancers Society Spotlight
The Union’s Culture Festival is almost here, so we’ve met with some of the societies involved to get to find out more about what they get up to. Last week we went along to Southampton Swing Dancers’ Wednesday evening class at the Students’ Union where we met Mia (society President) and Fabio (society helper).
Ever wanted to try dance the Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa or Blues dancing? Southampton Swing Dancers focus mainly on Lindy Hop, offering weekly Lindy Hop classes, but they also provide taster classes in other swing dances too! Beginners are always welcome and from what we saw on Wednesday, the classes are incredibly fun and supportive for new and more experienced dancers alike. The group were learning some basic steps when we stopped by (“shuffle step, rock step, look up at your watch!”).
We asked Mia and Fabio why they first wanted to join Swing Dancers –
Mia: “I wanted to try a new dance form and I really like the music. A lot of people say the music makes them feel happy!” We agree – Nat King Cole’s Let There Be Love was the song of choice for last week’s class. Mia also said many students who like to dress in vintage fashions come along to classes, as these ‘vintage’ dances match the era of their clothes.
Fabio said: “there was no social dancing at Southampton, so we decided to start it ourselves!”
Sunday Hop socials are held weekly at The Shooting Star pub in Southampton – a great chance for a drink and a dance, putting the steps you’ve learnt into practice. Dancers from the local community who may not be students also attend, so it’s an opportunity to meet new people.
As part of the Union’s Culture Festival, Southampton Swing Dancers are running a workshop on the iconic and stylish partner dance from the United States: the Charleston! No previous experience or partner is necessary. Give it a try on Wednesday 07 March at 17:00 in the Union Cafe (Level 3, Building 42, Highfield Campus).
Photos: Thank you to Southampton Swing Dancers for use of their photos.