Swing Club holds Disney-themed fairy tale dance

A few beauties and even a beast danced the night away at the first ever fairy tale dance Monday in Anderson University Center.

The event, sponsored by the Swing Dance Club, was an opportunity for attendees to dress up as their favorite fairy tale character.

Natalie DeFord, the club’s public relations coordinator, planned the event after seeing a new favorite Disney movie.

“When ‘Frozen’ came out, I got really excited about Disney music,” DeFord said. “Then we just kind of realized that a lot of Disney movies have swing-able songs in them, so I thought: ‘If we can swing dance to any type of music, why not Disney music?’”

DeFord said that attendance usually spikes on special event nights such as Halloween and other holiday dances.

“People seem to really like when we have a themed night, so I’m hoping to do them once a month in the future.”

Andrew Morris, a two-year veteran of the club, dressed up as Ron Stoppable from the Disney series “Kim Possible.”

“This is one of the more fun experiences when we do big dances,” Morris said.

DeFord said swing dancing is an inherently social activity, which is a big draw for some.

“It’s a good way for people to just come together and dance,” DeFord said. “It’s also very social, I like that.”

Senior Jayde Haggard dips junior Katrina Watson at Swing Dance Club’s fairy tale dance Monday. Dancers wore festive costumes and danced to Disney music and classic swing-dance songs. Photo by Emily Jacka.
Senior Jayde Haggard dips junior Katrina Watson at Swing Dance Club’s fairy tale dance Monday. Dancers wore festive costumes and danced to Disney music and classic swing-dance songs. Photo by Emily Jacka.

Club president Katrina Watson agreed.

“When I found out there was a swing club at PLU I was really excited,” said the junior. “It was actually one of the reasons I came to PLU.”

Swing Club meets every Monday in the Cave and Wednesday in the lower AUC grey area at 8 p.m.

For more information about the club and upcoming events, check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/PLUSwing/. 🅼

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