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icon5.gif  swing dancing [message #815555] Tue, 19 January 2016 06:31 Go to next message
Lightbearers  is currently offline Lightbearers
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I am looking for folks opinions on swing dancing for high schoolers. My son has been invited to a swing dance for our local home school group. I am guessing there will be boy/girl pair ups for swing dancing.
Any other parents kids participated in something like this?
Re: swing dancing [message #815557 is a reply to message #815555 ] Tue, 19 January 2016 07:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa R.  is currently offline Lisa R.
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There is a big dance group for homeschooled kids in our area; hundreds of kids participate. We chose not to participate because they were so focused on couples..there were homecoming type dances, prom type dances...and many of the kids were dating, the music was not to our taste, and the "flavor" of the group just didn't work for us.

However, swing dancing is so much fun! My son actually started a swing dance club in college, which thrived for the time he was there. It was all about dancing and having fun, and not about "couples." Some of my then-highschoolers even went to the swing dance evenings at the college because it was so much more wholesome than the local homeschool dance group.

I love the swing dance style, have no problem with boys and girls dancing together, but, as stated above, various groups have different atmospheres, and that is the deciding factor for us. (I'm assuming we're talking about "normal" swing dancing, and not the dancing-with-the-stars, half-naked, look-how-sexy-I-can-be stuff!)

Lisa R.
Re: swing dancing [message #815560 is a reply to message #815555 ] Tue, 19 January 2016 07:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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A group of students at my high school have a swing dance group. When the school had Winter Carnival, they would host a swing dance party in one of the classrooms.

I had to "chaperone" this group once or twice. I found them to be entirely wholesome and inclusive. It was good fun!

The boy-girl pairing up was dance by dance, and kids often switched partners, although a few who were very skilled liked to dance together more often so they could practice higher level skills. However, these partners didn't appear to be boyfriend-girlfriend partners, but just "similar skill level" partners.

However, your mileage may vary...

If it's a homeschool group, I think you'll see behavior that reflects the character of the group and the organizers. Use your judgement.

Is there going to be some instruction? Instructors sometimes find ways to pair kids up and switch partners periodically.

Lisa T.
Re: swing dancing [message #815562 is a reply to message #815555 ] Tue, 19 January 2016 08:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Barbara K (NC)
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Our community has a very active swing dance culture. That sounds funny and not really what I'm trying to say. We live in a small mountain town that is dominated by an extremely conservative crowd as well as a local state university--very different crowds. But swing dancing groups thrive across the board. My boys all learned how to swing dance and are AMAZING dancers. It's serious exercise. As high schoolers, the boys danced with other homeschooled high school kids. Once they were out of high school, they danced at the university as well as at community dances.

Overall it's been a great outlet in terms of exercise, being social, getting to know other folks, becoming part of the community. There are types of dancing that make me really uncomfortable, but the swing dancing that my kids have done is not in that category. There's way too much skill and movement involvement for the dancing to turn too sensual and risque.

Barbara K (NC)

"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Cor 9:8

Re: swing dancing [message #815575 is a reply to message #815562 ] Wed, 20 January 2016 12:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Sherry in NH  is currently offline Sherry in NH
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Cait goes to Friday night swing dancing at Liberty...it seems fun!

In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: swing dancing [message #815609 is a reply to message #815555 ] Fri, 22 January 2016 10:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Dina  is currently offline Dina
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YES! Im all in favor! Our babies are going to grow and need to get out and among their age mates at some point. This is great physical activity and great networking/ social opportunity for our kids. In my experience it is generally a well chaperoned homeschool event.

Happily,my adult kids still swing dance to this day as often as they are able.....which admittedly, isnt that often anymore...but that's real life. lol

Dina ....... HE has made me glad!
Re: swing dancing [message #815615 is a reply to message #815555 ] Fri, 22 January 2016 16:05 Go to previous message
Leigh  is currently offline Leigh
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As a sport, I would consider it akin to square dancing. It's pretty harmless as it goes.


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~~Benjamin Franklin

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