Story by Tyler Davis

Swing Night at the Gordon B. Hinckley Building, Wednesdays from 9-11 p.m. provides a fun and upbeat environment for those looking for a chance to dance. The dance floor is full of those well-seasoned, experienced dancers and beginners.

For those who are less-acquainted with the Lindy Hop, Charleston, East Coast, West Coast, Single Step, or blues dancing, which are all enjoyed during the night, an instruction class is from 8-9 p.m. where an instructor will help those review or learn the basics of these moves. This instruction gives dancers the chance to practice with others to learn new styles, or stay with their partner if they so desire.

“We come for the upbeat environment,” said Bo McCullough, a sophomore majoring in marriage and family studies.

The theme was Valentine’s Day, so games were included with the dance to help add to the atmosphere and fun of the holiday. One game involved attaching a balloon to the ankle, and as the songs continued and people began dancing, the objective was to pop the balloons around you. The game left everyone feeling competitive and on their toes for the next challenge.

The final moments of the night are spent showing off the moves learned and socializing with new people.