Swing dance club welcomes amateurs, teaches lifelong skill

first_imgWhen Notre Dame junior Ruth Hughes visited the University’s Activities Fair her freshman year, she felt a little nervous to join the Notre Dame Swing Dance Club. However Hughes, the current president of the club, quickly learned the community was very welcoming to newcomers and amateurs alike.“Nobody ever made me feel judged even though I was such a shy, awkward freshman. I came and learned how to dance which is a miracle,” Hughes said. “I had never danced to any capacity when I joined, so it’s definitely for people looking to learn.” Photo Courtesy of Mary Coleman Two members of Notre Dame Swing Dance Club dance in the Dahnke Ballroom. The club allows members of the community to indulge in their love of dance.The club holds lessons Tuesday and Thursday nights in the Rockne Memorial and invites students of any skill level to join. Attending a single lesson costs $5 until a dancer has attended four practices. After four practices, dancers do not have to pay for any more sessions.Saint Mary’s senior and club vice president Mary Coleman said the practice sessions are a combination of instruction and flexibility.“To start each lesson, two of the more experienced club members will teach whatever skill we’re learning that night, and then we turn the lesson over to social dance, so that would be practicing the moves and [getting] to dance with each other,” Coleman said.During lessons, the club focuses on four styles of swing dancing: East Coast, Lindy Hop, Blues and Charleston. Coleman said that although each style has its own unique flare, her favorite is Lindy Hop.“Lindy is quick footwork and a little more upbeat, and I like that aspect of it. I think it’s more exciting than East Coast, which is a bit more technical,” she said. “On the other side of the spectrum, blues dance is danced to blues music, so it’s a totally different style and you have a bit more freedom.”In addition to swing lessons, the club holds a bi-annual dance where people can come dance and have a good time even if they do not regularly attend practices, Hughes said. “A lot of people do come to our events who already know how to dance, and they don’t feel like they have to come to a lesson and learn, so at the dances, our community really comes together,” Hughes said. As part of the club, members have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events that take place on campus and in the South Bend area. Thursday night, the club will be dancing as part of the Collegiate Jazz Festival on campus near Hagerty Cafe.Coleman said she has enjoyed her time with Swing Dance Club because she likes to dance. “[It is] enjoyable because you find people who really like to dance … and you have songs that you dance to with certain people, and it’s really great,” she said.She also said the experience is relaxed and social.“It’s a good way to meet people and because it’s social dancing, it’s not super awkward,” Coleman said. Since swing dancing styles have common features that keep it distinguishable from others, Hughes said she hopes she can continue to use her skills beyond college.“I really like having it in the back pocket,” Hughes said. “It’d be so fun to go somewhere and be able to dance with strangers.”Tags: activities fair, Dance, Swing Dancinglast_img read more

CUNA backs credit union RBC2 comment efforts with new resource

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With 22 working days left until the comment deadline for the risk-based capital proposal–often referred to as RBC2, CUNA is providing new resources in its effort to encourage credit unions to weigh in. Again.The deadline is April 27.The National Credit Union Administration abandoned its original RBC plan, issued in January 2014, after it received 2,056 comments from credit unions, lawmakers and others that listed concerns regarding how the plan would impact credit unions and consumers.The agency issued its second RBC proposal this January, and CUNA has said it is a substantially improved regime–but still a solution in search of a problem.“With reductions in many of the risk weights found in the original plan, and a reduction to 10% for the well-capitalized requirement, the second proposal is an improvement,” says Bill Hampel, CUNA chief policy officer. continue reading »last_img read more

Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Middlesbrough have announced the signing of former Nottingham Forest loan striker Chuba Akpom for an undisclosed fee.The 24-year-old, who started his career with Arsenal, has arrived at the Riverside on a three-year deal from Greek side PAOK. Akpom spent two months on loan at the City Ground from Arsenal back in 2015, but failed to score for the Reds.Boro boss Neil Warnock told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to finally have got him.“He’s been my number one choice. I’ve wanted him for a long time. I’d like to give a big thanks to Neil Bausor for getting it done.“I told him what we were doing at the club, and right from day one, he wanted to come, and I’m delighted.”Tags: ArsenalChuba AkpomNeil WarnockNottingham ForestPAOKlast_img read more