If you ever wanted to learn how to swing dance, now is your chance. The Southern Tier Swing Dance Society hold lessons every Tuesday from 7 to 7:45 p.m. After the lesson, people are encouraged to say for Open Dance when the more experienced dancers arrive. The society also offers private lessons and workshops on Saturdays and a dance on Saturday evenings.
The Southern Tier Swing Dance Society started nearly 18 years ago by a group who would go to Ithaca to swing dance. Denny Ebert is on of the co-founders of the group and spoke with Kara Conrad during one of the lessons. He says the society started after 10 to 12 people got together and decided there needed to be a swing dance hub in Binghamton. Each person put in $20 to rent the Johnson City Senior Citizens facility for the first swing dance group. "It evolved from there and to my amazement, 17 years later we're still dancing," said Ebert.
During the class the instructors give the basic, fundamental introductory lesson because there is always someone new joining the class, "what I think is unique about this place is you get an 18-year-old woman dancing with somebody in their 70's and they're just having a good time. They like the music and they like to dance. It's very social and it's good exercise," explained Ebert.
He said his favorite thing is introducing people to dance for their first time and encouraging them to come back.
Lessons are held every Tuesday at the Karate Academy on 105 Washington Ave in Endicott, on the second floor. Open dance is until 10 p.m.
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