New Home for Aberdeen’s Swing Dance
NSU and the ARCC have come together to revitalize a much-loved Aberdeen tradition.

New Home for Aberdeen’s Swing Dance

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NSU's Jazz Band will be one of the bands performing at the dance. Photo courtesy of Grant Manhart.

Northern State University’s Swing Dance now has a new home at the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural center. The dance will now be held in the ARCC’s Library Auditorium, which had recently been updated with a new hardwood floor.

The dance will be held on Friday, April 26. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the music will run from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. All members of the Aberdeen community are welcome to attend.

NSU’s Jazz Band, the Aberdeen Jazz Ensemble, and the Aberdeen Community Big Band, directed by Jerome Letcher, will be providing live music during the dance.

“The main band is our Jazz Band,” Director of Jazz Studies Dr. Grant Manhart said. “It really teaches them what the big band era of music had to offer.”

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The ARCC’s Library Auditorium is the new location of NSU’s Swing Dance. Photo by Annie Scott.

There will also be a free dance lesson with John Kersten from 6:00 to 6:45 PM.

“Now the dance is more of a partnership,” ARCC Dance Coordinator Brigette Weisenburger said. With the ARCC contributing more resources to the event, they are hopeful that they can provide a breath of fresh air for the event.

The dance had previously been held in the Alonzo Ward Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom. The last swing dance at the Ward took place in 2017. The environment of the dance has always been one of its most important factors, so deciding a new location for the event had been a priority.

“When the Ward closed their ballroom, it changed into just another dance,” Manhart said. “It has always been like NSU’s prom. The dance had taken on a life of its own. It’s become part of Aberdeen’s culture, and we’re just on cloud nine with these new changes.” //