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Swinging into action: junior organizes swing dancing fundraisers

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Swinging into action: junior organizes swing dancing fundraisers

More students are trying out swing dancing. Junior Cameron Holbrook has done swing dancing fundraisers to help raise money to build sports programs in Ghana and Guatemala.

More students are trying out swing dancing. Junior Cameron Holbrook has done swing dancing fundraisers to help raise money to build sports programs in Ghana and Guatemala.

More students are trying out swing dancing. Junior Cameron Holbrook has done swing dancing fundraisers to help raise money to build sports programs in Ghana and Guatemala.

More students are trying out swing dancing. Junior Cameron Holbrook has done swing dancing fundraisers to help raise money to build sports programs in Ghana and Guatemala.

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Originating around the 1920s, swing dance has been around for a long time, influencing each generation of music and dance with moves such as the jitterbug, the lindy hop and the charleston.

The Piedmont Swing Dance Society is an organization  that specializes in swing dance in the area. It has many locations around the triad like the one in the Greensboro Shrine Club and has brought those who are interested in dancing and those interested in learning how to dance together. Junior Cameron Holbrook has taken an interest in this form of challenging, yet fun dance.

“Some people from my church started doing it and there is a place on High Point Road where we go to. It’s like a swing dancing club in Greensboro,” Holbrook said.

There are many moves in swing dancing that can be difficult but dancers get a sense of accomplishment when they perfect it.

“There is one move called the pretzel where you push your arms and get knotted up and you undo it,” Holbrook said. “It’s kind of hard to explain.”

Unlike other types of dancing, swing dancing isn’t done solo–it’s done with partners.

“Swing dancing is more partner dancing but it’s not necessarily romantic, it’s more like a fun and energetic type of dancing,” Holbrook said.

The Piedmont Swing Dance Society has a plethora of workshops, lessons and dances available all throughout the year for anyone who is interested.

Not only is swing dancing helping Holbrook with fun and entertainment, it is also helping him fundraise for trips in order to achieve his goal.

“I’m planning to set up after-school sports programs in Ghana and Guatemala,” Holbrook said. “I’m going to Guatemala twice this year and Ghana once.”

In order to pay for the trips, Holbrook is doing swing dancing fundraisers to raise money.

“On Saturday April 14 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., we are having a swing dancing fundraiser for my Africa trip,” Holbrook said. “It is $10 to get in and all proceeds go to my Africa trip. You just come and hang out. We have water and stuff to eat.”

Scott has participated in a previous swing dancing fundraiser with senior Jillian Nawrocki.

I participated in the event because I heard it was a fundraiser for a great cause,” Scott said. “I hadn’t previously met Cam and I’m really glad I did because he’s a great guy. My experience was extremely fun for me and my professional dance partner Jill, and if Cam has any more fundraisers, I’ll be there.

Scott has had previous experience with swing dancing before the fundraiser.

In my family, you have to like to dance, but it was actually a friend who brought me to my first swing dance event.

Similar to Holbrook, Scott enjoys the entertaining aspect of the dance.

“Swing dancing is very user friendly, anyone can do it and it’s a lot of fun and very fast paced, Scott said. “My favorite swing dance move is the whole dance together because you have to put it together kind of like a puzzle.”

Although it may be challenging, this form of dance is widely recommended for people of all ages to try.

“It’s a great date idea or just a lot of fun with friends,” senior Josh Scott said.

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