This past weekend, Boston Swing Central hosted one of my favorite events: Swingin’ on the Charles. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like; there’s a swing dance on the docks on the Boston side of the Charles River, right near the Hatch Shell. I went for the first time last year, when I was just starting to get into swing dancing. Going again being much more comfortable with swing dancing was a lot of fun.
One of my favorite things about this event is that it seems to bring out EVERYONE in the swing/blues dance community. I got to see friends I hadn’t had the pleasure of dancing with in months. And of course, what’s a better way to reunite with friends than on the dance floor? 🙂 Not to mention the fact that there was a gorgeous cool breeze coming off the river, which is always nice.
This year, I got there a tad on the late side, after the lesson. The music was fun, and of course very swing-able. But as it got later in the evening, the songs were less swing, and lent themselves more towards blues dancing. I found this rather odd, since the event was promoted as a swing dance. As one of my friends said, it creates a certain amount of expectation regarding how the evening is going to be shaped. It was fine for someone like me, who knows how to blues dance, but it was difficult music to dance to for those who didn’t have much experience with blues dancing. I’m hoping that next year the music will be more straight-up swing.
But regardless, it was a wonderful event. I mean, everyone was dancing, so how could it not be a fun evening? 😛 If at some point in the future you want to try swing dancing for the first time, this event might not be a bad place to start, as they do have a beginner lesson before the actual dance begins in earnest.
If you have any thoughts, questions, or experiences of your own you’d like to share, feel free to post a comment! I’d love to hear what you have to say!