The public is invited to the Missouri S&T Aerial Swing Dance Club’s Annual Live Band Dance Event on Saturday, April 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The dance will be held in the Hasselmann Alumni House located at 1100 North Pine Street in Rolla, Missouri. Music will be provided by Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers, a popular Saint Louis band that plays an energetic blend of Hot Jazz, Hokum, and Low-Down Blues from the 1920s and 30s. Admission is only $5.00 per person, or $3.00 plus two canned goods to be donated to a local food bank. As a refresher, the group will offer beginner lessons from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., and intermediate lessons from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. with social dancing to follow. “Everyone is welcome to attend,” organizer Trevor Stacy reported. “Even if you can’t dance, you can come out, watch, and listen to some great music.”
The Missouri S&T Aerial Swing Dance Club was formed over 12 years ago by dance enthusiasts who were active in their St. Louis high school swing dance club. Once they enrolled as students at Missouri S&T, they took the initiative to begin a club. The club was a huge success and continues to grow in popularity on campus with between 50-60 attendees. Once a year, the club brings a live band to Rolla for the community to enjoy. Aerial swing dance, popular in the 1930s and 40s, has been rediscovered over the past ten years with clubs sprouting up all over the country. Variations of swing dance include East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and Lindy Hop. Organizers of this year’s Live Band Dance Event expect to see a great group of dancers, young and old. For more information, visit the Missouri S&T Aerial Swing Dance Club Facebook page.