Well, if this isn’t just about the greatest thing since sliced bread! What better way to promote the love of Swing dancing than to give away cash to aspiring swing dancers? Now dancers from across the nation can apply to attend Iowa’s most swing-tastic event, Heartland Swing Festival, in 2016 for free!
Step Into Swing, central Iowa’s leading swing dance organization has been soliciting local businesses to sponsor scholarships to deserving dancers, and these businesses have responded! Thanks to the generosity of Mullica Carpet Care, A-Tec Energy Corporation, Step Into Swing and The Des Moines Ballroom, six [YES, SIX!] scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants.
So, one may ask, what qualifies a dancer for this amazing opportunity? It’s simple. Candidates must demonstrate:
- Passion for vintage swing dancing and culture
- Eagerness to learn more and improve dance skills
- Desire to get involved and help preserve vintage dance
- Enthusiasm to spread awareness and to build the swing dance community
The scholarship program, an idea proposed by Step Into Swing founders Rae and Larry Mullica, was created to help those who are passionate, enthusiastic, and have a desire to attend the event, but may need financial assistance. Step Into Swing wants to give this opportunity not only to scene leaders but also newcomers who don’t yet know the splendor of an entire weekend of meeting new people, watching amazing dancers, dancing until your feet fall off, and getting inspired! Step into Swing wants to see the swing community grow and that requires dancers of all ability and experience levels.
Furthermore, Step into Swing thought it would be a great privilege for dancers to nominate others whom they feel exemplify the true spirit and joy of lindy hop. This scholarship hopes to attract nominations (or applications) of individuals who are excited to learn, who are instrumental in bringing people together and who will work hard to keep the dance alive and thriving.
If you are someone who has got “the bug,” – someone passionate, involved, and loves the spirit of this crazy dance – APPLY! Don’t wait because this opportunity closes on November 23rd.
Please go to www.stepintoswing.com and visit the HSF SCHOLARSHIP page to apply or nominate. Recipients will be announced on Thanksgiving. Looking forward to seeing you in April!