Dance

Have You Heard About Swank?

Have You Heard About Swank?

Dust off your gowns, and ready your tuxedos. Swank, an event where you get to dress to the nines and dance like it's the early 1900s, has got a (relatively) new home.

As we move further into the 21st century, we've been seeing certain genres come back in popularity at least for a short while. A lot of the elements of disco have returned within the electronic scene, and funk music seems to be on the rise in popular culture as well. What will be revived next?

If Arlette Roeper has her way, we'll be doing the Charleston to some good old fashioned ragtime and jazz.


Unfortunately, society today is extremely different than life in the early 20th century. The music has changed; the way people "dance" nowadays is often simply graphic. Whereas in the early 1900s, people were dancing in many different styles, the Waltz, the Foxtrot, and the Lindy hop to name a few of the most popular dances.

When you compare those dances to what has become popular today, one might feel afraid for our world. What have we come to: A fun night out dancing might only consist of grinding, or god forbid, somebody tries to twerk.

No matter your opinion on popular culture today, it's always a fantastic time experiencing a culture of the past. And who doesn't enjoy getting dressed to the nines?

Also, Swank features some excellent local musicians, most notably Banjo Dave, who's picking and singing is wonderfully in tune to the sounds of the era.


Swank is a perfect event to take your gal on a classy date, or to go dancing with friends.

I can only imagine that the December iteration will be all the more romantic with it being around the Holidays.


Swank happens every third Saturday at the Big Room Bar on Front Street, just south of downtown.

For more information, you can check out Swank's website.


Eli Rousculp

Eli Rousculp writes reviews, articles and photographs for NID Magazine.