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Swing Dance Concert April 27

April 20, 2013

Come early before the concert and take free swing dance lessons from the Fort Collins-based Jumpin' Jive Cats.

Saturday, April 27
7 p.m.
Instrumental Rehearsal Hall
University Center of the Arts
1400 Remington Street

The jazz program at Colorado State University presents its final concert of the year with a “twist,” a Swing Dance Concert!


  • $18/public
  • $35/per couple
  • $13 for CSU students
  • $25 per student couple
  • $13 for youth under 18

Refreshments and swing dance lessons are also included in the ticket price. Lessons start at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the Griffin lobby, by phone at (970) 491-ARTS (2787), or online. Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the Ticket Office. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

Big band favorites and dancing

The Swing Dance Concert features CSU’s Jazz Ensemble I in this unique opportunity for students and Fort Collins residents to enjoy a night of big band favorites and dancing.

The Swing Dance Concert will include big band favorites like “In the Mood,” “String of Pearls,” “Apple Honey,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Flying Home,” “Moten Swing,” and “One O’ Clock Jump.”

Intensive preparation by band

“Preparation for this show is very different from our normal concert routine,” noted Peter Sommer, associate professor of jazz and saxophone at CSU.

The Jumpin' Jive Cats will give free swing dance lessons at 6 p.m. before the concert.Instead of preparing the normal five to seven charts for a regular concert, the band has learned 20 charts for this performance.  

“The band had to learn the music much more quickly, requiring a higher level of sight-reading skills, but our students are certainly up to it,” notes Sommer.

This special event is a unique way to experience jazz at CSU in a fun environment. Patrons are encouraged to put on their dancing shoes and wear their favorite vintage outfits. Swing dance lessons by the Fort Collins-based Jumpin’ Jive Cats begin at 6 p.m. before the concert begins.

Origins of "doing the Lindy"

As an American pastime, swing dancing came about through the Lindy Hop, America’s first swing dance. Aptly named after a man was seen dancing and jumping around (saying he was flying like pilot Charles Lindbergh), the “doing the Lindy” dance became all the rage.

The term ‘swing dancing’ was coined five years later when Duke Ellington’s song ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing if You Ain’t Got That Swing’ became a hit.

“We are happy to be contributing to this great tradition and hope folks will come on out and enjoy the show,” said Sommer.

Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (970) 491-5891