The University Swing concept began in 2009 when Dr. Neal Klein started teaching an academic west coast swing course at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. In 2011, Neal, Rob Glover, and a number of other local WCS enthusiasts began hosting a dance on Wednesday nights at Fire+Ice in Harvard Square so that the Lesley students could have a place to practice. Wednesday nights started with twelve Lesley students, but grew over five years to include 100+ dancers every week from multiple local schools.
Since fall of 2016, Wednesday night dances have been hosted at the Masonic Hall in Cambridge, MA. On an average night, there are 120-140+ dancers from Lesley University, Northeastern University, Boston University, Tufts University, Harvard University, MIT, and beyond. University Swing seeks to build on the wonderful student community that has been created in the Boston area over the past several years. We strive to connect college-age swing dancers with local student organizations and resources, as well as create a global network for young dancers to learn and grow in a supportive community.
Using the greater Boston area as a model, the University Swing team is working to help students create new collegiate swing clubs, build up existing organizations, and unite them all under the University Swing banner. This fall marks our first official year of expanding beyond the Boston community to bring swing dancing to the next generation. If your school is interesting in joining University Swing, please click here to send |US| a message!