Dancers set to swing into downtown Farmington pavilion

The 2017 Swing Farmington season, opening May 4, will mark the 10th year of Thursday night dances at downtown Farmington’s Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park.

Alexander Steward, who organizes the weekly events, last week received city permission for the season, which runs through October 19. He said attendance averages around 200 during peak months (May through August).

While most who come out to dance fall between the ages of 13 and 35, Steward said swing dancing is open to all ages. “We’d like to build this year and become a broader-based community event,” he added.

The group will partner with the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market and Greater Farmington Founders Festival and hosts its annual Summer Swing Spectacular with live music on August 3.

“I look forward to this starting up every year and listening to the music from my backyard,” said council member Steven Schneemann.

Swing Farmington’s indoor season is held at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills, Steward said. To learn more, follow the group on Facebook.

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