MU Swing Society swings into love with Vintage Valentine's Dance
COLUMBIA - Valentine’s Day had some people swinging in the name of love.
MU Swing Society held a dance class for the public to mark the holiday.
“Valentine’s Day means getting together with good friends and just spending the day together and having fun,” said Danielle Griego, one of the hosts.
The room was filled with pink and gold streamers and a giant cut out of the moon.
Griego said, in the 40’s, the cut out of the moon was popular at carnivals.
“People would take a picture with the moon with the sky in the background,” Griego said.
She said the dance is not just for couples.
“It’s a chance to meet new people if you aren’t doing anything else on Valentine’s Day,” Griego said.
Before the dancers get a chance to show off their moves, an instructor teaches them a few moves.
One dancer said he enjoys swing and has been dancing for a while.
“I just enjoy to dance, I don’t care what day it is,” Adam Raines said.
During the class and social dance, people get to choose to learn Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag or the Charleston.
When the class was over, dancers got a chance to live the vintage life by eating candy popular in the 30’s and 40’s. They were also able to take vintage-style Valentine’s Day cards.
People of all ages are encouraged to come to the group's upcoming class. Wednesday at 305 Providence Rd in Columbia from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.