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Waynesburg University’s West Coast Swing (WCS) Club, known as “Sting Swing” on campus, will host dance lessons for local high school students Saturday, April 9, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Auxiliary Gym at Waynesburg University. Admission for the event is $10 per person or $15 for two. All high school students are welcome, and no previous dance experience is necessary.

Participants will learn basic dance techniques from professional WCS instructor Faith Musko and Waynesburg University Sting Swing members that can be applied to any music style. With prom season just around the corner, Sting Swing is looking to offer community members new styles of dance they may be unfamiliar with while showcasing their passion for dancing.

“Our event, ‘Swing Into Prom,’ is a great way for the Sting Swing members to share our love of dance with Greene and Washington County and provide high school students with a usable skill for prom and beyond,” said Musko.

Students will be invited to participate in two hours of WCS dance lessons, with one hour of social dancing to practice and perfect their new dance moves.

“West Coast Swing can be danced to nearly every genre of music heard on the radio,” said Musko. “Typical artists utilized for dancing include Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo, Ellie Golding, Sam Smith, Chris Brown, Fifth Harmony and many others.”

Reservations can be made ahead of time or students can sign up at the event. To register, contact Musko at fmusko@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-7716. Reservations are highly encouraged.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_SS-Group.jpgEight Waynesburg University students accompanied Faith Musko, instructor of forensic science and adviser to the West Coast Swing (WCS) Club on campus known as “Sting Swing,” to Dearborn, Mich., in June for the annual Michigan Classic West Coast Swing Dance Competition. 

Three passes ($300 value) to the Michigan Classic were donated to Sting Swing from a WCS dancer in Pittsburgh (Dr. Randolph Peters) and were raffled off to Sting Swing members.  Brandi Kukler, Jake Restanio and Samantha Bardy were the lucky winners of these passes.

Students competed in the Jack n’ Jill in either the Newcomer or Novice Divisions. A Jack n’ Jill consists of dancing to randomly pre-selected music with a randomly drawn partner. Competitors advance in these divisions by making finals and placing in the top five for that division. Each placement is a designated point amount and when a competitor reaches a specified point value they advance to the next division.  The Newcomer division is for those individuals that are beginners or new competitors and/or have earned no points in a WCS competition. Angel Berkey, Jake Restanio, Brandi Kukler, Lexi Boudreau, Samantha Barky, Josh Garrison and Kristen Stone all competed in this division. Kristen Stone, a senior forensic ecience major, advanced to finals in this division and took sixth place.

Robert Cronkhite, a junior exercise science major and president of Sting Swing, competed in the Novice Division, which is the biggest division in the WCS circuit consisting of more than 50 leaders, and took first place with his partner. The Michigan Classic also has the coveted “Top Gun” competition. The Top Gun takes the top four placements from each division (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and All-Star) and pairs them, high-low.  Robert was paired with the lowest seeded All-Star follow from Clearwater, Fla., (Agnieszka Maslanka) and went head-to-head with 15 other couples, and won! He and his partner won a $500 cash prize, free passes to Michigan Classic 2015, a “Top Gun” jacket, names on the traveling trophy and an opportunity to teach a WCS workshop at next year’s Michigan Classic.

In August, sophomore Cortnie Devore competed at her first WCS competition (Swing Fling) in Leesburg, Va. Like her peers, she competed in the Newcomer division and made finals.

Besides competitions, students had the opportunity to take workshops and private lessons with top professionals, as well as social dance with dancers of all levels, educations, occupations and nationalities. Dancers were present from France, Spain, Argentina, Sweden, Canada, Japan, Russia and many others.

Sting Swing meets at 8:30 p.m., in the Old Gym on Wednesday evenings. Students, Faculty and Staff are welcome to attend.

The Michigan Classic is sanctioned by the World Swing Dance Council, which was organized in 1993, and is the key service organization designed to further communication and to provide informational services and record keeping for those in the Swing Dance Community.

 

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