City swing dancing returns

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Courtesy city of Grand Rapids

Update: Due to the weather, swing dancing for Tuesday, May 3, will be moved to Grand Rapids Masonic Temple, at 233 E. Fulton St. Dances will be moved to Ah-Nab-Awen Park Tuesday, May 10.

A popular outdoor activity in Grand Rapids will return in full swing this summer.

The Grand Rapids Original Swing Society (GROSS) will bring back weekly outdoor swing dancing events for the spring/summer months following an indoor winter season at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Rapids Masonic Temple.

Dances will take place from 7:30-9 p.m. every Tuesday, starting May 3, at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, at 220 Front Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

The community swing dances are open to all ages, regardless of experience. A free lesson will precede each event at 7 p.m., and a partner is not required to attend.

Attendees can expect to participate in typical swing dance styles, including East Coast swing with a smattering of West Coast, Lindy and line.

Dances are expected to move to Rosa Parks Circle in June, following completed restoration of the park.

A $6 donation is requested. Donations from all swing dance events go toward staff, live music, insurance and future events.

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