Students swing (swang? swung?) into Halloween!

By Joseph Toone

Swing is a form of American music and dance that developed in the early 1930s. The danceable swing style of big bands was the dominant form of American popular music from 1935 to 1945, a period known as the Swing Era. Audiences that had become used to the romantic arrangements of the 1920s were shocked by the often erratic edge of swing music.

Since then most English language music has adopted a swing beat, from Elvis to present- day rock and roll and country songs.

Following a unit studying Swing and its impact on English-speaking culture, the students of the San Miguel de Allende School of English were invited to join students at the area’s largest dance school, Arthur Murray. Here the combined schools enjoyed an evening of Halloween Swing.

Christie Olvera, owner of Arthur Murray and the scariest Catrina ever, exclaimed, “What a great night! We’ve combined English and Latin music traditions in ways that are fun for all!” Plus, Olvera added, “Who doesn’t enjoy seeing pirates, farm animals, Catrinas and vampires dancing to Swing!”

To learn how to dance better please contact Catrina Christie at To sponsor a student at the SMA School of English please contact Vampire Joe at


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