It’s always amazing to me how fast a year goes by, and it always seems to go faster when you’re having fun. I spent this year’s end at the ever wonderful big event that Cincyhop hosts each New Years Eve, and I couldn’t imagine a better way to ring in the New Year.
When most people think about Christmas parties, dancing is not the first thing on their mind. Cookies, punch, and other goodies would usually be the first that most would think about. When I went to the American Czechoslovakian Club in Dayton this past Tuesday, the Gem City Swing Dance Club had all those and more.
One of the things I love most about dating a swing dancer is the random events we’ll go to. I never know when we’re going, we’ll just suddenly appear at an event on any given day. It’s always a wonderful adventure.
After I came up with the idea for this website, I had a feeling of a call to action; I wanted to go to the places that I was putting in my website to get a good feel for the atmosphere, the type of dance floor, the people and the bands. I tried to get a group of people to go with me. Life happened, and I ended up being the only one who was still going to go on the trip, but it helped me realize one very important thing: I was the only one stopping me from taking the step forward into adventure. Just because my friends couldn’t go with me, didn’t mean that I couldn’t go check these places out.
My fascination with swing dance first started in 2016, when I was working at a dairy in the middle of Wisconsin. A coworker found out about my love of big band music, and convinced me to go with her to a place called the Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul, Minnesota. I went and soaked up the sounds, the atmosphere, and most of all, the energy. The entire environment was warm, engaging, and extremely friendly.