Jill M. Rohrbach
Swing it baby at the 3rd annual Southern Fried Swing, an event that brings professional and amateur dancers and live music to venues in Fort Smith and Van Buren on Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2.
Swing dance enthusiasts of all levels can enjoy lindy hop workshops, competitions, performances and free-style dances. Organizer Marcus Coker, owner of Momentum Dance Concepts in Van Buren, expects the swing dance event to bring in dozens from Little Rock, Tulsa, and Wichita.
Workshops are taught by four nationally-ranked instructors form Santa Barbara, Minneapolis, and Baltimore. You have a choice of 18 classes throughout the weekend, followed by dances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights where you can try out your new moves. Instruction ranges from basic swing, Charleston, and Balboa to more advanced Lindy Hop and aerial moves. There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes all weekend. Classes are held at Second Street Live in Fort Smith on Friday night and Saturday and at Momentum Dance Concepts and Lifesong Dance in Van Buren on Sunday.
Friday night’s dance is at 9 p.m. at Second Street Live in Fort Smith. Saturday night’s dance starts at 8 p.m. at Second Street Live and participants are encourages to wear vintage 1940s clothing. The Sunday night dance takes place at Momentum Dance Concepts in Van Buren.
Saturday night dancers will swing to the live music of jazz musician Rebecca Ungerman of Tulsa. Coker says if you can only attend part of the event, Saturday night is the night to be there to hear Ungerman and see the crowd favorite featured swing dance performances and competitions.
Registration for the full weekend of classes and dances is $99. Individual classes are $15 each, individual dances are $15-25, and a one-day pass is $35-70. Visit Southernfriedswing.com for event details, including the schedule, lodging, and registration options.