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Welcome to the U-Swing Website!

Hello everyone! We're excited that you've found us online! Please look around to find the information you need. Questions, comments, or just want regular updates? Email us at uswing@umn.edu or check us out on Facebook

Save the Date: Swingin' Cities Dec 5th

U-Swing is holding its first ever dance on Friday, December 5th! It'll be a swinging good time, with a beginner lesson at 6 and LIVE MUSIC from 7:00 to 10:30! Don't miss it! It'll be a great chance to dance with people in U-Swing and lots of dancers from around the Twin Cities. Don't forget to check out our event on facebook!

The Northstar ballroom is on the second floor of the Saint Paul Student Center (2017 Buford Ave St. Paul, MN 55108)

As a reminder, you can stop by our club any week! We always have a class from 5 to 6, and then dancing 6 to 7 at Peik Gym G65 on Monday nights. No partner necessary--just bring yourself and be ready to dance!

If you missed a week, we have lesson recaps every week posted on our youtube channel.

If you have any more questions, you can check out our FAQ.

U-Swing | About

About U-Swing!

U-Swing is the only university club dedicated specifically to swing dancing. Our goal is to teach the basics of swing dancing to anyone interested and move from these basics to more advanced concepts and moves. This is accomplished by promoting an open, social atmosphere and offering both instruction and free dancing time during our weekly meetings.

Dancing is taught by professional instructors, senior club members, and peers. Members are encouraged to improve their skills by visiting other dance venues and dancing with as many different people as possible. Members of the club regularly go as a group to places such as Social Dance Studio, in Minneapolis, and the Wabasha Street Caves, in St. Paul.
U-Swing | Officers

2014-2015 U-Swing Officers

President: Nate Lawdenski
Major: Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

Swing dancing: 50% basics, 50% bullshit

Vice President: Kaitlyn Carver
Major: Art History

Tain't what you do, it's the way that you do it.

Secretary: Kat Applewhite
Major: Computer Science
Minors: Math and Spanish

Wait, we can't keep dancing? It's only 2am!!

Treasurer: Eric Salisbury
Major: Classified

Life's purpose is to perfect the Charleston.

Officer: Calder Michienzi
Major: Food Systems

I want to swing the very best, like only Peter does! The rock step is my first step, to swing out is my cause!

U-Swing | Calendar

U-Swing Event Calendar

Purple events are official U-Swing Events. Green events are other dance opportunities in the Twin Cities
U-Swing | Media

U-Swing Media Content!

U-Swing at the end of the Spring 2014 semester!

U-Swing | F.A.Q.

Newb F.A.Q!

Swing dancing is a social dance, meaning that it's a partner dance based on leading and following. Our goal is to teach the basics of swing dancing to anyone interested and move from these basics to more advanced moves and concepts like connection, leading and following, so that you can have a fantastic dance no matter who you're dancing with!

Does U-Swing Cost Anything?
Nope! U-Swing is completely free and will continue to be so. That said, we do, on occasion, make T-shirts and attend SwingFests, swing competitions, or go dancing at local venues - most of these will cost you something. All these activities can be considered "extracurricular" and are completely optional - although we can guarentee they will be fun and improve your dancing.

Do I need to bring a partner?
No. If you don't have a partner, U-Swing will have someone for you to dance with. U-Swing does rotating classes, which means that you switch partners throughout the lesson. This helps you meet new people, and improves your dancing by letting you practice with lots of different dancers. During the course of a night, you'll have the opportunity to dance with many people whether or not you brought someone with you. If you'd like to bring a partner with you that's great! For reasons we dancers don't understand, guys don't seem to be as amiable to dancing as girls - so, ladies, feel free to hit one over the head and drag him along, he'll thank you later.

Do I have to be a student at the university?
No. Members of U-Swing can be students or non-students.

What should I wear?
Something Comfortable. While dancing in your best flapper dress or newest zuit suit is fun, it's more important that you can move freely. If you want to dress up that's totally fine, but remember that you will be moving a lot and getting very warm! For those of you who don't want to dress up, a common outfit at U-Swing is jeans and a t-shirt.
Shoes: If you have shoes that are a little slippery, that's usually better, especially for girls, who will be spinning. If you don't have slippery shoes, you'll be fine wearing anything comfortable. We do ask that during the winter you bring a pair of shoes to change into so you don't get the floor wet and dirty--that could be dangerous.

Do I need to bring anything with?
Maybe. While you don't need to bring anything with, you might consider bringing along your dance shoes if you have some. This is especially true if you'll be dancing on an actual dance floor - street shoes can destroy a fine surface. Since swing dancing can be an aerobic activity and leave you sweating, a water bottle and a spare shirt for walking home with might be a good idea (especially in the winter).

U-Swing | Resources


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