It is not just for weddings. The line dance song, Cupid Shuffle by Cupid, drew the crowd out of their seats and onto the dance floor. In front, Katie Eichler, Kristi Medina and Chester Claudon line danced to the song.
Swing dance lessons began at 7:00p.m. The nervous and the bold created a large dance circle. The participators learned basic swing dance movements and periodically rotated to a new partner. “The down to earth environment lets me get down with my bad self,” said Jaylon Grant, a USF sociology major.
Christina Mucciarone, swing club president, and Dillon Spiker, dance instructor, kicked up their heels. Mucciarone took dance lessons but had never tried swing dancing. A friend invited her to a swing social. “Start on the right foot,” she said to Mucciarone. Mucciarone was hooked. The club has roughly 150 active members.
Deejay Alai, a USF graduate, kept the dance floor moving with varying styles and genres of music. The theme of Wholloween was a marriage of their love for swing dancing and Doctor Who. It was developed by her and Spiker. This is the third year the event has taken place on USF campus.
Brother and sister Stephen and Mariah Peaster, danced seamlessly. “Dance is a language,” said Stephen Peaster. “Once you know the rules of the language, you can have a conversation.” Stephen Peaster has been dancing for 6 years, and Mariah Peaster has been dancing around 4 years.
Smiles and laughs were in full plenty. Shachi Parikh, a USF psychology major, danced with Rick Wallace, a USF senior. “Swing dance club provides a unique opportunity to interact with others you didn’t know,” Spiker said. “There is a different connection when you learn to dance with somebody.”
From left, Wholloween’s costume contest winners Claudon, Medina, Eichler and Christopher Rogers. There were roughly 24 contestants that entered into one of three categories: the doctor in Doctor Who costume, Doctor Who themed costume and a costume. Cheering crowds chose the winners.
Dancers like Katie Valley and Nick Tracy kept the party in motion. The Swing Club meets every Thursday from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Argus Center. Beginner lessons start at 8:00 p.m., intermediate lessons at 9:00 p.m. and a dance social at 10:00 p.m. For more information visit their Facebook page: The Swinging Bulls.
In full swing,
Doctor Who fans and swing dancers came out to dance the night away and participate in costume contests. Wholloween, an annual event at USF, was held Oct. 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Marshall Student Center’s amphitheater. The event was open to everyone. Roughly a hundred people came out to the event. It was a mixed crowd of Doctor Who themed costumes, self-invented costumes, and non-costumed attendees.