ACU Swing Cats is welcoming new members through Feb. 23. No partner is needed, just bring yourself, and a membership fee of $30.
“It is so much fun, and you don’t have to know a thing about it,” said Dr. Cole Bennett, associate professor of English and founder of Swing Cats. “You just have to be interested.”
The club’s main objectives are to learn and perform. The Swing Cats preserve American dance styles from the mid-20th century through practice. The teaching committee instructs progressive lessons. Wyatt Oden, senior finance major from Bulverde and president of Swing Cats, has been a part of the club for four years and glad to be part of such an excited group of people.
“Everyone can learn to dance,” Oden said. “If everyone learns how to swing, it would make the world a better place.”
Bennett said membership has fluctuated between 40 and 150 students since the club was founded in 2003.
Whitney Noel, junior English major from Elgin, Okla. and secretary of Swing Cats, joined the club two years ago.
“I fell in love with it,” Noel said.
Swing Cats has performed at many university through the years. They are currently preparing for Sing Song 2012.
“We are really excited about Sing Song,” Noel Said. “It’s going to be really fun.”
The club performs within the community as well: dancing at retirement homes and Abilene events, including the Abilene Philharmonic.
Along with their presence on campus and in the community, the Swing Cats participate in the Southwest Lindyfest, an international event in Houston held in the middle of March involving hundreds of dancers.