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Country, swing dancing taught weekly

country dancing taught at the manwaring center

Every Wednesday night, students gather around campus for informal dance lessons of varying styles.

Lessons start at 8 p.m. and dancing starts at 9 p.m.

Country dancing is held in the Manwaring Center.

During the first 15 minutes of country dancing, a line dance is taught. After that dancers break into different lessons for the partner dances.

Country dancing offers many dances including the country two-step, country polka, country chacha, country swing and waltz.

“It’s a good place to socialize,” said Josie Hatch, a sophomore studying child development. “I would recommend going to the lesson. That’s where you meet people.”

In the Gordon B. Hinckley building, swing dancing is taught. Instructors are trying to focus on teaching more east and west coast swing. In the past they have focused mainly on the Lindy Hop and Charleston.Balboa is also offered as an option on occasion.

There are several reasons for switching focus to east and west coast styles.

“Most people in social dance know east coast, then they come here to Lindy and they don’t know it, and then they stop coming,” said Thomas Bonds, a junior studying health care administration. “We want to draw more people in.”

Both dance options offer a mix of experience level and welcome new comers.

“I’ve been seeing a lot of new faces this semester, which is good for the beginners to learn together, but there aren’t as many advanced dancers coming back this semester,” said Takeshi Yanagita, a junior studying computer science.

Students of all skill levels are invited to participate.

“You get a large swath of people,” said Tate Saurey, a junior studying biology and one of the country dancing instructors. “It’s all over the board; it’s perfect. Beginners dance with intermediate, and intermediate dance with more advanced dancers.”

Many students attending for the first time say they were drawn in by how unique it is.

“It’s pretty fun, and the instructors are really helpful,” said Becky Werner, a freshman studying health science. “I wanted to come to switch things try something new.”

Both dances receive fairly high attendance. Country dancing has about 250 attendees each week, although “The goal is definitely 300 people,” Saurey said. Swing dancing averages between 130 and 150 people per week.

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