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Everybody's ready to swing at Cobourg dance

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

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Everyone had a night to remember at the June 3 Swing Dance. The All Canadian Jazz Festival Road Show committee and the Cobourg Swing and Lindy Hop Dance Group will host another one Nov. 11.

Submitted Photo Everyone had a night to remember at the June 3 Swing Dance. The All Canadian Jazz Festival Road Show committee and the Cobourg Swing and Lindy Hop Dance Group will host another one Nov. 11.

COBOURG -- The All Canadian Jazz Festival Road Show committee and the Cobourg Swing and Lindy Hop Dance Group are hosting their third Swing Dance Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. at the Cobourg Lions Community Centre, showcasing Heidi Lang and Band at 9 p.m.

In a nod to Remembrance Day, organizer invite you to feel free to retro-dress 1940s style for the occasion, though there is no dress code for this event.

And if you don't know how to swing dance, that's where Cobourg Swing and Lindy Hop Dance Group can help. From 8 to 8:30 p.m., Dance With Me instructor Gabia Ferguson will provide free lessons.

Road Show committee member Heather Read said in the press release that the jazz festival developed these road shows a couple of years go to offer year-round innovative music events throughout Northumberland County, with the intention of introducing some new trends as well as recognized favourites.

"For 2017, we are continuing to put more focus on these individual events," Read said.

Their two previous Swing Dances have been very successful, the first one (last February) featuring Big Rude Jake. In June, their Swing Dance showcased local Roseneath personality Roberta Hunt with her band Bertie and the Gents.

"What's great about swing is, it appeals to all ages. Everyone from ages 18 to 80 plus can enjoy something in common," Read added.

The Cobourg Swing and Lindy Hop Dance Group was founded by Regan (Rae) Lawrence in September 2015. Thirty people showed up for the first class and (as they say) the rest is history. Now two years old, the group hosts on-going Swing -'50s Rock and Roll classes for beginners and intermediates each Sunday on the second floor of St. Peter's Anglican Church in Cobourg -- where they also offer Lindy Hop classes Wednesday evenings (see www.cobourgswing.ca for more information).

The joint will be hopping Nov. 11, so come to the Lions Centre to listen, watch or get up and dance.

The Lions Centre is located at 157 Elgin St. E. in Cobourg, and doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available in advance on-line at $15. They can also be purchased at three Cobourg locations (Zap Records, the William Street Beer Company and Little Underground Vintage) as well as at Furby House Books in Port Hope. Tickets at the door are $18 (cash only). Tables of 8 can also be reserved in advance. To make your reservation, or to purchase tickets on-line, visit swing-dance-with-heidi-lang-tickets.eventbrite.ca.

cnasmith@postmedia.com