Put on your dancing shoes and dress your best for a night of swing dancing and jazz music at the Elks Ballroom. ACU Swing Cats’ annual Fall Stomp will take place Oct. 6 at the Elks Grand Ballroom on N. 1st from 8-11 p.m.
Swing Cats invites students and the Abilene community to the free event featuring the ACU Jazz Band. There will be refreshments and attire is semi-formal.
Melinda Martin senior pre-occupational therapy major from Austin, said, “I came [into Fall Stomp] as a stranger and left taking my first steps to friendship with this great group of people.” Martin is now Swing Cats vice president and also teaches swing to beginners.
Swing Cats originally started underground before dancing was allowed at AC, practicing in the Rec Center with the door closed. But now, Swing Cats host a beginner’s class every Tuesday at 9pm in the Rec with the door open. Students are welcome to come at any point in the semester to beginning learning from the Swing Cats teachers.
Swing Cats tradition of 1940’s swing dance styles includes dances like the Charleston, East Coast swing and Lindy Hop. While they do enjoy sticking to tradition, in the past, they have hosted unique events such as a Disney music dance.
Michael Jarvill, junior biblical text major from Phoenix, Arizona and Swing Cats treasurer, said Swing Cats has the ability to bring people to life through club friendships and learning the art of swing dancing.
“There’s no mistakes, only new moves,” Jarvill said.
Both Jarvill and Martin encouraged everyone to attend Fall Stomp and said Swing Cats Fall Stomp is a community-driven environment where everyone is welcome – from beginner to teacher.
More information is available at ACU Swing Cats on Facebook or Instagram @ACUSwingCats.