Just in Time for Valentine's: SUU's Spring Swing Thing

Published: February 02, 2023 | Author: Kol Gibson | Read Time: 3 minutes

Decorative Image of a Black and White Wingtip Shoe and a Red High Heel over a background of Shoes, Music Notes, Ties, and Mid-Century Atoms.Hey all you bobby sockers and rollin’ rockers! Grab your partner or a friend, put on your glad rags, and dance the night away at SUU’s Spring Swing Thing featuring the SUU Jazz Ensemble. All community members, SUU faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the SUU Music Department, SUUSA, and Student Involvement & Leadership on Saturday, February 11, 2023, in the Gilbert Great Hall of the Hunter Alumni Center on SUU’s campus. 

“The Spring Swing Thing has become somewhat of a tradition for James and me over the last several years, and we’re excited to continue the event’s success,” says Toni Sage, Executive Director of Academic Success at SUU and dance instructor. “We’ve had the opportunity to build a community of dancers through the many lessons we have taught, but we want everyone, regardless of their dance experience, to join us! If you wouldn’t consider yourself a dancer, we’ll give you the swing and foxtrot lessons that’ll sweep your partner off their feet.”

Toni and James Sage began this collaborative event along with Dr. Adam Lambert, Director of Bands at SUU, and SUU’s Community Education department in the spring of 2018. Though the event is usually later in the spring, they are excited to be able to offer a fun night out on the town just in time for Valentine’s Day.

“We are excited to again participate in the Spring Swing Thing, where the community can experience big band swing dance music, brought to life by the SUU Jazz Ensemble,” said Dr. Lambert. “Not only is this an excellent opportunity for the community to receive excellent dance instruction by Toni and James, but it is also a fantastic way for the student musicians to gain professional performance experience.”

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a night of spinning, swaying, whirling, and twirling to live music on Saturday, February 11, 2023. Dance instructors Toni and James Sage will kick off the evening with a dance lesson from 7-7:30 p.m., followed by a community dance and concert featuring the SUU Jazz Ensemble from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is free for all. For more information, please contact Toni Sage at tonisage@suu.edu.

 About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 41 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM, BMEd) degrees in art, design, dance, filmmaking, music, and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 900 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) making SUU the first public university in the state of Utah to be accredited by all four associations. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit www.suu.edu/pva.


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