Friday, December 6, 2013

Auburn Knights Expands Its Swing-Dance Tradition with Christmas Swing Dance Tonight (12/6/13)

The AKO performs "Come Fly with Me" at its alumni reunion in 2010.
The video is from Jeremy Leff's YouTube channel.
Last year, the Auburn Knights Orchestra started what I honestly thought was a tradition that was pretty unlikely to "have the leg," as it were. That was its 2012 Homecoming Swing Dance, and I was extremely happy to be wrong. Unlike some football teams, it's first attempt was good, and the event drew over 400 people all the way out at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National.

Since then, the 83-year-strong big band has done a Valentine Dance and a second Homecoming Dance, both wildly successful. And tonight the group has planned a Christmas Swing Dance at the Clarion Inn and Suites Ballroom at 1577 S. College St. in Auburn from 7-11 PM. That's where the Auburn Knights Alumni Association used to have its reunions.

The group's website is not updated with tonight's concert information, but here's a link to the Facebook event, which has at the moment 265 confirmed guests. Free swing dancing lessons will be offered during the first hour. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The Performance
The Auburn Knights Orchestra performing at the 2012 Auburn Knight Alumni Association Reunion.

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