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Swing and Spirituality

“Swing dancing” refers to a group of partnered social dances that developed along with the jazz music of the 1930s and 1940s and are still popular today. Australian dancer and teacher Sam Carroll writes that modern swing dancing has gifted the world with “an ideology of dance which prioritises interpersonal connection and respect, creativity and self-expression from all dancers, and an open, welcoming social dancing culture where anyone is welcome and where peace and goodwill are valued.” Want to know more? Come dance with us! No experience necessary!

Katherine will teach a beginning East Coast Swing lesson along with Michael Chun of the WWU Swing Kids. You will learn some basic movements and ways to connect with the music and with your dance partner (we’ll rotate partners so that you get a chance to learn with different people). There will also be conversation about partner dancing as a spiritual practice and hopefully some free time for dancing and chatting.

Where the big room upstairs at the Fairhaven Library

When: 6:30 to 8pm, Monday 9/21 (but we'll have music going until 8:30)

Recommended attire: clothes you can move in (jeans are fine) and comfortable shoes that will stay on your feet while you dance.

Earlier Event: September 14
Dinner and Discussion @ RE Store
Later Event: September 28
Worship Gathering @ the RE Store