Van­cou­ver­ing swing danc­ing back

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - Vancouver - Swing dancers at a Van­cou­ver dance event.

Tucked into an unas­sum­ing East Van bar, a tight band plays New Or­leans-style jazz and rag­time to a packed house. Adorned with jaunty hats and vin­tage dresses, dancers twist and spin in per­fect rhythm. Swing danc­ing is back.

Born out of the jazz scene of the 1920s and 30s, swing came out of the ball­rooms of Har­lem with the Lindy hop, and has con­tin­ued to evolve ever since. In the 1990s, the neo-swing scene saw a re­vival of the mu­sic and dance moves, and Van­cou­verites flocked to swing nights across the city.

These days, Van­cou­ver is once again draw­ing swing dancers with an ir­re­sistible mix of en­er­getic live mu­sic and retro glam. Fans can get their fix on al­most any given night, from swing nights at lo­cal bars to a mul­ti­tude of classes for dancers of ev­ery level.

Lucy Faulkner, owner, op­er­a­tor and in­struc­tor at Rhythm City Pro­duc­tions, is a cor­ner­stone of the Van­cou­ver scene.

Af­ter teach­ing for sev­eral years both lo­cally and abroad, Faulkner de­cided it was time to open a school “de­voted to the study and en­joy­ment of vin­tage jazz dance.” Rhythm City runs weekly classes, mainly in Lindy hop, for be­gin­ners through to ad­vanced-in­ter­me­di­ate dancers.

The city is re­plete with top notch swing bands, events, and classes, from Van­cou­ver Swing So­ci­ety to UBC Swing Kids which hosts taster events and classes in Lindy Hop and West Coast swing. The B.C. Swing Dance Club, Hot Club Swing, and Ur­ban Beat Sun­day Swing Mixer are just a few of the swing-fo­cused groups.

Pomona Lake/con­trib­uted

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