Get­ting in the swing of things

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Karen Hunt

THE swing­ing suc­cess of a trial ses­sion held on Thurs­day has en­cour­aged a long-time fan and teacher of jazz-era dance to con­tinue of­fer­ing classes in Bridgetown.

Greg Player showed some of his moves at the Black­wood Rhap­sody Con­cert when he took to the dance floor with a part­ner while blues trio the Ten Cent Shoot­ers per­formed.

There was a huge re­sponse to his of­fer of a free trial class and a group of about 30 peo­ple at­tended the ses­sion in the Unit­ing Church Hall.

Mr Player said he be­gan swing danc­ing 20 years ago in Perth af­ter a re­vival of in­ter­est in the style, then later grad­u­ated to teach­ing.

“I’ve been teach­ing for about 15 years with a back­ground in ball­room and Latin but swing is the one that re­ally cap­ti­vates me I sup­pose,” he said. “The mu­sic it­self, you can’t help but smile and tap to it – it’s very creative.

“I re­ally do like the cul­ture, I wear the clothes when I go out danc­ing and un­like ball­room, you know where the roots have come from, the 1930s and 40s.”

Mr Player said he would be of­fer­ing classes over four weeks be­gin­ning to­mor­row at the same hall af­ter the trial last week.

“It was lots of fun, good en­ergy, and every­one was very ap­pre­cia­tive at the end,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Player, a reg­u­lar so­cial event is an­other pos­si­bil­ity for those in­ter­ested in the dance style.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 0418 950 151.

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

Greg Player leads a swing dance class in Bridgetown last week.

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