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Swing at the Gardens

When: Sat., Feb. 11, 8-11 p.m. 2012

Many years ago, during the big swing revival that swept through New York City and the country, I, too, found myself uncontrollably attracted to the romance of the original swing era. The clothes, the music, the dancing—it felt so very, well, American and fun! From the 1920s through the 1940s, the original era developed the immense talents of big-band musicians such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. The swing dances that accompanied this classic American form of music included our state's own Carolina Shag, popularized on the beaches; it required precise steps but little movement because of the heat, sand in toes and drinks in hand. No experience or partners are necessary. A 7 p.m. lesson is included in price of admission. This is an alcohol-free event for ages 16 and up; attire is casual, but many dress in vintage clothing from the era. No spiked heels, ladies! Leather-soled shoes are encouraged to protect your fellow dancers and the wood dance floor. —Christina Cass

Price: $8-12

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