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Swing dancing featured during Nac at Night

Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 3:02 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Swing dancing originated in the 1930′s. Thanks to a mostly younger generation the lively steps are seen on dance floors around the world. Interest here in Deep East Texas has led to a new lindy performance group.

Swing dance clubs, known as swing scenes, are in cities across Texas. Those in Tyler, Longview, and Nacogdoches are stepping out with a new performance group called The East Texas Lindy Brigade.

“The idea is that we want to work together to, I guess, spread the love of swing dancing,” said swing dance instructor Catie Munguia. “When you see someone dancing it and dancing it well, you see how fun it is, it’s just really exciting. And I want people to see that.”

The brigade strutted their stuff last month on the brick streets of Nacogdoches.

“It was so much fun. People were dancing under the stars. We had an almost full moon over us and a beautiful night,” said Munguia who started dancing several years ago with an Austin swing scene. “Now we’re gearing up for our second big event.”

A performance with a live band is Saturday night at 8 p,m, at the Mill Club in Banita Creek Hall.

The devoted members drove from Northeast Texas to Nacogdoches to rehearse in Munguia’s dining room.

There’s a message behind each performance, according to Steven Walker, a member of Rose City Swing in Tyler.

“This is a performance group, but then you’ve got a local swing dancing in your town here. After all the lockdowns and stuff, a lot of scenes have slowed down or closed. So, yeah, we just don’t want to let swing die here in Texas.”

The East Texas Lindy Brigade is open to performance and workshops at events across East Texas.

Check them out on their Facebook page East Texas Lindy Brigade.

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