Over the hill and onto the dance floor: Swing dancing is for all ages in Ottawa

You won’t hear sacred music on Friday nights in the basement of St. Joseph’s Parish in Ottawa—unless you consider Benny Goodman and Count Basie saints. Their jazzy big band hits play until just past midnight and are accompanied by the shuffle and bang of swing dancers’ feet. Almost every Friday night, the Ottawa Swing Dance Society rents out the Parish’s basement to host their social swing dances. For an admission cost of $8, they offer two hours of dance lessons with volunteer teachers and three hours of dancing. Verona Burk, one of the honorary lifetime members of the society, has been attending the Friday night dances for almost a decade. She refers to herself as “over the hill,” and yet, […]

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