Swing Cats will host its 10th annual Fall Stomp event at the Elks Club Ballroom this Friday.
Fall Stomp will begin at 7 p.m. with an hour-long swing dance lesson from the members of Swing Cats. Following the dance lesson, at 8 p.m., the ACU Jazz Band will begin its first of two music sets of the night. Fall Stomp will also feature the Hardin-Simmons Jazz Band, who will play a music set in between the ACU Jazz Band two sets.
The event is free and open to the public. Students will also have the opportunity to meet and mingle with current Swing Cats members and Swing Cats alumni.
There is no set attire for Fall Stomp, but Swing Cats President and junior kinesiology major from Plainview Melody Brown suggests wearing either vintage or semi-fancy clothing with comfortable shoes to dance around in. Brown recommends not wearing tennis shoes or open-toed shoes.
“A bunch of people wear converse, but tennis shoes are hard to spin in,” Brown said.
Swing Cats was founded in 2002 and has been active on campus since. It is a student-run swing group that meets every Tuesday at 9 p.m. in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center for practice.
Swing Cats has two groups, one for beginners and one for intermediate dancers. Any student can join and there are no auditions to become a member of Swing Cats.
In addition to regular practices, Swing Cats also provide dance lessons for students. Lessons are taught by Swing Cat members but occasionally the Swing Cats’ sponsor, Dr. Cole Bennett, professor of language and literature, will teach. Lessons are on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. in Studio B of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
To learn more about Fall Stomp or the Swing Cats, go to acu.swingcats.wixsite.com.