Students, alumni, teachers, and families clad in colorful dresses and suits gathered in the Crescenta Valley High School (CVHS) cafeteria for the school’s annual swing dance on February 8.
The night’s music was provided by the CVHS Jazz band, led by director Matthew Schick. Along with a mixture of solo performances, Jazz members performed a variety of music throughout the night, from 1940s-era tunes by Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman to the latest pop tunes. Slow tunes were followed by fast and lively ones, and vice versa. The live band added to the exciting atmosphere and the crowd kept growing until the end of the event.
The crowd of people also participated in swing dance lessons given by a swing dance instructor from 8 to 9 p.m. The instructor, Lisa Clyde, has been attending the school’s swing dances for seven years.
Speaking to JSR, participants said they enjoyed the dance.
“The dance was fun — everyone I met there were excited and also very sweaty. But overall, we all had a lot of fun,” said Angela Kwon, bass guitarist of CVHS jazz band.
“The swing dance was amazing! I had a great time dancing with everyone,” Katie Sandoval, a junior, commented.