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Swing dance to a big band Jan. 23

Last year during a meeting, the Rosemount Youth Commission discussed taking a trip up to St. Paul to do some swing dancing. A few members of the Rosemount Area Arts Council were at that meeting and had another thought: why not bring swing dancing to Rosemount?

And thus, the organizations decided to collaborate on an event they hope will attract residents of all ages.

The swing dance and big band night will be held Jan. 23 in the newly renovated Rosemount Community Center Ballroom. The evening will feature the music of The Hiawatha Hep Cats.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a free swing dance lesson. The Hiawatha Hep Cats will play from 7 to 9 p.m.

RAAC president Jeanne Schwartz said teachers from the Eagan-based Fred Astaire Dance Studio will teach the basics of swing. While she’s tried the form of dance in the past, Schwartz said she will take advantage of the lesson.

“It’s a simple form of dance to learn,” said Schwartz.

Rosemount Youth Commissioner Zac Eichten said he too would be there early for the lesson.

Excited for the opportunity to host a multi-generational event, Eichten said he hopes young and young-at-heart will come out and bring some friends.

“It’s a fun form of dance and anyone can do it,” said Eichten.

Depending on the initial response, Schwartz said RAAC and the youth commission may partner to host more swing nights. Schwartz added that swing dance events at the Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul regularly draw large crowds and she believes the interest probably extends into the south metro.

“If there’s a lot of interest, we will certainly look at doing more,” said Schwartz.

Cost to attend is $8 per person. Pay at the door. For more information visit the Rosemount Area Arts Council website at

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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