Jazz Appreciation Society Hosts 17th Annual Swing Dance

Students enjoy the event (Photo Credit Salmin Mwinjuma/The Gettysburgian).

Students enjoy the event (Photo Credit Salmin Mwinjuma/The Gettysburgian).

By Alicia Method, Staff Writer

On Friday, Oct. 12 Gettysburg students gathered in the CUB ballroom for an evening of jazz, swing dance, and old-fashioned festivities. 

Flyers posted across campus alerted students to the semi-formal dress requirement as well as a pre-dance swing lesson taught by Swing! Club at 8 p.m. After the hour-long swing session, participants arrived in their formal wear ready to dance. After the Buzz Jones Big Band completed their set at midnight, DJs from 91.1 WZBT took over the music.

In addition to energetic jazz music, students also enjoyed refreshments from the host provider. As per the college’s most recent COVID-19 safety measures, all participants wore masks indoors. The Jazz Appreciation Society, WZBT, Blue Note, Swing! Club, and Sigma Alpha Iota co-sponsored the event. 

Jazz Appreciation Society President Summer Burton ’21 commented that she hopes the dance remains a tradition after COVID-19. “I’m really happy with how it turned out,” Burton stated. 

Students who attended the party appeared equally pleased with the event. Natalie Dolan ’23 said, “It was so much fun to dance with friends to a different style of music from what we usually hear.” 

The dance concluded at 1 a.m. after hours of jazz entertainment and celebration.

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