Getting in the swing of things
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.
Greg Player leads a swing dance class in Bridgetown last week.