Dillon dance teachers bring swing to Summit | SummitDaily.com

Dillon dance teachers bring swing to Summit

CAITLIN ROWsummit daily news

DILLON -To add a swing to your step, join local dance instructors at the Dillon Ampitheatre to learn the Jitterbug. These free dance clinics run Thursdays through Aug. 12 from 6-8 p.m., and swing enthusiasts James and Lisa Rode are in charge.”The style of dance started back in World War II, in the late 20s, 30s and early 40s,” James Rode said. “It was the zoot-suit age. It’s a very active, fun, energetic dance, which I personally like. It’s upbeat and fast, not soft and romantic, and you do it to big band music.”According to town planner Susan Fairweather, East Coast swing dance lessons are even open to all skill levels. Everyone, no matter how familiar they are with swing, can get some enjoyment out of it.”They go over the basics in the beginning for 30-40 minutes, depending on the crowd,” Fairweather said. “Then they go into more advanced steps later. It’s a lot of fun. It’s really easy too. Anybody can do it. Once you learn the basic step, that’s the foundation for everything.”Already a few weeks into swing classes, Fairweather noted it’s become a popular activity, with more than 100 attendees per session.”It’s not really a kids thing,” she added. “It’s partner dancing. If people don’t have a partner, there’s plenty of single people.”

To practice swing dance moves learned on Thursdays, head to the Dillon Ampitheatre for Doo Wop Denny Friday. He’s putting on a special encore performance of his Rockin Oldies Show. It’s set from 7-9 p.m. Show-goers can bring their own beer and wine, but glass containers aren’t allowed.The Sunset at the Summit free concert Saturday will also feature a swing-style, Sinatra big band tribute group from 7-10 p.m.”People can do everything they’ve learned,” Fairweather said. “It’s going to be a good week for dancing.”SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.

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