The ACU Swing Cats are ready to host the 4th annual Fall Stomp event this Friday. Fall Stomp is free admission and open to students and the community.
The Swing Cats was the first student dancing organization that was allowed on ACU campus, established in 2003.
Dr. Cole Bennett, associate professor in language and literature and the faculty sponsor of the Swing Cats, expanded more on the Swing Cats’ purpose and expectations for the upcoming event.
“Swing Cats is dedicated to the preservation of World War II swing music and dance era,” Dr. Bennett said.
The Swing Cats have also partnered with ACU’s Jazz Band to ensure live music and a big band atmosphere for the event. Dr. Bennett said it is not uncommon for people to come in costumes to represent the Swing Era and, in fact, urges people to do so.
“I believe most of the Swing Cats will come in costumes,” Dr. Bennett said. “Some common costumes I have seen are GI uniforms, suits and dresses from that specific era.”
In addition to dancing and music, a photo booth will be set up for anyone who wants to capture moments from the night. Dance lessons will be offered an hour before the actual Fall Stomp event begins.
Kristin Holz, senior physics and math education major from Chicago, Ill., is the president of Swing Cats and encourages anyone to come experience Fall Stomp.
“Everyone is welcome to come no matter how much swing dancing they know,” Holz said.
“Fall Stomp is a place where people from the community can come to show appreciation and participate in the Swing Era,” Dr. Bennett said.
Dr. Bennett said he believes there will be 200-300 people, a mixture of students and faculty from ACU as well as people from the Abilene community, attending Fall Stomp.
Fall Stomp will take place at 8 p.m. in Elk’s Club Ballroom and end at 10 p.m. The dance lessons will begin at 7 p.m.