William Woods University Showcases SwingDance America

It’s time to put on those dancin’ shoes! William Woods University presents SwingDance America as part of the President’s Concert and Lecture Series.

Showcased at colleges and universities around the country, SwingDance America will appear Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. The show is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome to attend.

The 10-12-member show will celebrate the swing dance craze, from its early years in the 1920s through today. The production features a variety of dance solos, duets, small group and full company numbers, with music by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Buddy Holly, Aretha Franklin, Eva Cassidy and many more.

Featuring swing dance styles that span three generations, these performers will Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Jive, Carolina Shag and West Coast Swing their way into audience members’ hearts. Those old dancin’ shoes come in handy when the cast members encourage the audience to participate by dancing in their seats, in the aisles and even on stage!

“Their energy was contagious. . .” raved the Rocky Mountain News. “Sultry and acrobatic. . .should set off smoke alarms,” said the Press & Sun Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y.

A review in the Port Nanaimo Daily News (British Columbia) proclaimed, “For younger members of the audience, the performance was a high-energy celebration of a new craze. For others, it opened a floodgate of memories – often bittersweet, since the drama of the big bands and the joy of the dance were so intimately inter-woven with the turbulent history of the past century.”

For more information, call 573-592-4219.