More than thirty people kicked up their heels and danced at the first ever Smalltown Swing event held at the Port Hardy Civic Centre.
“I came to one of the North Island Concert Society events and they had a live swing band, and afterwards a lot of people came up to me saying they wanted to learn,” said Alley, adding, “I’ve always wanted to get something going up here.”
The event, which was open to everyone including singles, couples, and those with no prior dancing experience, started with an hour-long group lesson where Alley taught the basic steps both individually and in partners.
After the group lesson, participants enjoyed another hour of dancing, great tunes, and refreshments.
“I just wanted to recreate the feelings I got in Seattle when I first started swing dancing,” said Alley.
She also noted that although the event had a great turnout, even more people online expressed interest in the idea, with roughly 160 people joining the Smalltown Swing Facebook group.
The Port Hardy Lions Club also donated the space, allowing Alley to host the event free of charge.
Alley will be hosting further Smalltown Swing events on Sundays at the Port Hardy Civic Centre starting at 6:30 p.m when the space is available.
To keep up-to-date with all of the Smalltown Swing events, those interested should join the Small Town Swing Facebook Group for more information.