ACU Swing Cats invite the Abilene community to join them at their annual Fall Stomp on Thursday at 8 p.m. in The Grace Museum ballroom.
Members as well as the rest of the community are encouraged to dress in vintage attire for an evening filled with dancing to the tunes of the ACU Jazz band. A free beginner lesson starts at 8 p.m., so even those who might not know how to swing dance will be able to join in.
“Swing Cats really try to get people who are not involved with the club to go just so they can experience what its like to dance to a live band,” said Rachel Smith, a junior English major from Wiggins, Colo.
Last year’s Fall Stomp pulled in dancers from the surrounding Abilene area, Lubbock and Fort Worth. It was also able to generate more interest in Swing Cats.
“We ended up with about 10 people who went to Fall Stomp who later switched over to being members of Swing Cats,” said Carole-Marie Wiser, a senior advertising and public relations major from Richmond.
Swing Cats hopes for a similar turn out this year. With the addition of a photo booth, new location and the return of the ACU Jazz band as the draw, the club hopes to see more people putting on their dancing shoes.
Due to the change in the dance policy, more interested students can join the Swing Cats.
“Since the dance policy has changed, we don’t have to cut off our membership so we’re hoping we can attract more people,” said Wiser.
Students interested in learning this form of dance can participate in weekly lessons led by the Swing Cats. These lessons will be held every Thursday night in SRWC Studio B. Intermediate lessons start at 8 p.m., beginner lessons start at 9 p.m. and social dancing starts at 9:30 p.m.