HANNA PETERSEN PHOTO Jeanne Alley demonstrating a move at the March 11 Smalltown Swing event!

Smalltown Swing brings free swing dancing to Port Hardy

“I’ve always wanted to get something going up here.”

More than thirty people kicked up their heels and danced at the first ever Smalltown Swing event held at the Port Hardy Civic Centre.

The March 11th event was organized by Raincoast Martial Arts Aikido instructor Jeanne Alley, who use to swing dance for three or four years when she lived in Seattle.

“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 another Small Town Swing on Sunday March 18 at the Port Hardy Civic Centre starting at 6:30 p.m.

To keep up-to-date with the Smalltown Swing events, those interested should join the Small Town Swing Facebook Group for more information.


HANNA PETERSEN PHOTO Smalltown Swing particpant Mihaela Blackmore shows off with her dance partner Jacob.

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