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March 27, 2009
Vol. 50 No. 19

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Sock hop promotes 1950s dance moves

The SU Swing Club is hosting a sock hop tonight at 9 p.m. in Trax.

Sock hop is the name for high school dances that were held in the school's gymnasium during the 1950s, according to SU?Swing Club president and sophomore Collin Clark. Teachers requested that the students take their shoes off for the dance so they couldn't scuff up the floor, Clark said.

Students in the '50s wore poodle skirts or jeans, but the executive board of SU Swing Club is encouraging people to dress comfortably in any way that they please.

The sock hop is going to be "shoes optional," Shayna Freed, sophomore and club secretary, said. "There will even be a place for shoes if people want to take them off once they get there."

Additionally, there will be a swing dancing lesson at the sock hop from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. for those who want to learn a few more swinging moves.

Freed has been a part of SU Swings for two years, and has held a position on the executive board for one year. She swing danced in high school before she came to Susquehanna but she likes swinging at college better because participants "try to learn as many different styles as possible and are constantly learning new moves to teach during the meetings," she said.

The SU Swing Club holds lessons and meetings on Thurs-days at 7 p.m. in Mellon Lounge of the Degenstein Campus Center. Any and all are welcome to attend the lessons, taught by Clark.

Clark wants this event to open the club up to more students. "Hopefully this will get more people interested in swing on campus," he said.

Clark said that he was dragged to his first meeting of SU Swings. He had not danced in high school, but once he joined the club and started on campus, he "just couldn't stop," he said.

He enjoyed swing dancing so much that he "had to become president because [he] liked teaching so much," Clark said.

Most Saturdays, members of SU Swings go to visit the Green Door, a swing club in Carlisle. At the club, students "get the chance to dance with all different people with different styles, enabling them to learn a lot," Freed said.

Occasionally, lessons are taught before trips to the Green Door. The rides to the club usually leave around 7 p.m. and return between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. The trips give an opportunity for college students to dance with many different people outside the Susquehanna community.

"It's actually going to be a decent-sized event," Freed said about the sock hop this weekend. "We have people from three different schools going: Dickenson, Bucknell and Juniata."

Root beer floats are also going to be offered at the dance and wristbands will be given to students who are 21 or older.

The songs will not be limited to swing music, Clark said. In addition to the typical three-beat songs that club members practice swinging to, there will be other types of faster and slower songs for everyone, he added.

The sock hop is going to give students the opportunity to meet and dance with students from other colleges as well as those from Susquehanna. "It is going to be a hopping night," Clark said.

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