Swing dance performance coming to Ozarks

Release Date: 1/27/2003

Clarksville, Ark. ---SwingDance America, a dance show featuring swing dance styles spanning three generations, will perform at the University of the Ozarks at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Walton Fine Arts Center.

Tickets for the performance are $10 each and can be purchased at the box office on the night of the show or by calling 479-979-1349.

SwingDance America, produced by the San Francisco-based Gary Lindsey Artist Services (GLAS), includes 10-12 dancers and encompasses regional variations of the dance from all across the United States. The program includes the jitterbug, lindy, jive, Carolina shag and West Coast swing, running the gamut from the roots of swing to today's swing craze. SwingDance America demonstrates that swing lives not only through music from the big band era, but through rhythm and blues, country western, and even today's contemporary music.

SwingDance America's dancers and choreographers have demonstrated their performance, competition and choreographic expertise in events such as the North Atlantic Dance Championship and the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championship. Head chorographer Robert Royston has appeared on Broadway in the hit musical, "Swing!" and is a four-time U.S. Open Swing champion.

The Rocky Mountain News said of SwingDance America: "Ten flashy, fun-loving performers pranced their way through an ambitious program surveying every imaginable style of swing dance. Their energy was contagious, their technique jaw-dropping."

SwingDance America is a part of the U of O's 2002-2003 Walton Arts & Ideas Series.