University of Michigan - Michiganensian Yearbook (Ann Arbor, MI)

 - Class of 1999

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uniors Jennifer Manger and Don De Sander take :wing dancing lessons at the Union. The classes were ed by Dante Mastri and Lauren Abrams. arcy Yackish and John Kao master the art of swing dancing. These lessons were a fun way to get away from studying. and Jive L he loud, booming sounds of big band orchestra music. Bright red lipstick and colorful swirling skirts. Black fedora hats and gray pin- stripe suits. For many students on campus, the environment of the 1940 ' s was resurrected as swing dancing became the latest craze to sweep the nation. " I started swing dancing at the free University events on campus during ' Welcome Week, ' and I had a lot of fun, so I continue to do it whenever I can. I just like to have a good time with my friends, so dancing is a good opportu- nity to do that, especially on the weekends when we are sick of classes. The music and dancing and clothes just add to the fun, " said first-year Resi- dential College student Matthew Huang. In addition to the music and the moves, students paid particular attention to additional details that made their swing dancing escapades feel authentic. Some students dressed up in clothes from the original swin g era of the 1940 ' s. " I always dress up, either in just a nice outfit or in swing clothes from the 40 ' s that I get at thrift shops. Dressing up is part of the fun, " said first- year Residential College student Akosua Mireku. " Sometimes I go to the Velvet Lounge in Pontiac, and I have also been to Leonardo ' s and to the swing dance nights they have at the Union. " For many students, swinging proved to be relatively simple to learn, especially when dancers relied upon spontaneous movements to add to their act. " I took one beginner lesson, but I did not learn much, so I did not go back to any more lessons. Everything I have learned has been from watching people and just going dancing as much as I can and trying new things. I also watch old 40 ' s movies and I have seen " Swing Kids " a couple times, because those show off good moves and they are a good representation of the time, too, " said junior philosophy major Josh Payne, who frequented swing dance nights at the Blind Pig on Sundays, at the Union on Wednesdays, and at the Velvet Lounge. Exactly why swing dancing became so popular was unknown, but studentsjust enjoyed the fun of it all. " I don ' t know exactly why swing dancing is such a craze on college campuses. I think maybe it is just because it is something to do, something new, something fresh. It ' s fun and that ' s why I do it, " said Mireku. Amidst the flurry of whirling skirts and tapping shoes, stu- dents enjoyed swing dancing, trying to prove that " it don ' t mean a thing if it ain ' t got that swing. " by Caelan Jordan Swine Dancing 39

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