In the Swing of It

SP11 - Swing StoryRachel Klein, '12 and Adrian Kim, '12 are taking swing dancing to the masses.

Co-presidents of Seattle University's recently revived Swing Dance Club, Kirn and Klein are eager to get their peers involved in swing

Written by Maura Beth Pagano, ’12| Photography by Chris Joseph Taylor

When it comes to having a good time, most college students wouldn’t think of a pastime once popular with their grandparents. But Adrian Kirn, ’12, and Rachel Klein, ’12, aren’t most college students. Co-presidents of Seattle University's recently revived Swing Dance Club, Kirn and Klein are eager to get their peers involved in swing, a style of dance many of them may have never tried before.

"We know that swing dancing isn't exactly the popular dance of our generation," says Klein, who majors in photography and French at SU. "People are intimidated by it because they don't know what to expect." Kirn and Klein got their start in swing dancing as freshmen at SU. "I didn't know much about any kind of dance before I got into swing dancing," says Kirn, a physics and chemical engineering major. "But once I got into it, I loved it."

He invited Klein to go dancing with him at Seattle's Century Ballroom, a popular destination for local swing dancers. It didn't take long before Klein was hooked.

The pair was inspired to resurrect SU's Swing Club, which disbanded a few years ago due to a lack of interest. A top priority for Klein and Kirn is raising the profile of the club around campus. It seems to be working. So far, they've assembled a mailing list of 185 people and have begun hosting meetings and open dances. While they are satisfied with where the club is headed, they would like to see a larger turnout—especially among SU's male population.

"I know it's hard for guys to overcome the fear of making a fool of themselves," says Kirn. But he and Klein guarantee that anyone, male or female, can have a good time swing dancing. "If you can walk, you can dance," says Kirn. "Or better yet, if you can walk, we can teach you how to dance.



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