News Release – PLU Swing Club hosts benefit dance


News Release

From the Swing Club of Pacific Lutheran University


No sooner than Dec. 1, 2013



Katrina Watson, PLU Swing Club President:

Natalie DeFord, Swing Club Publicist: (360)870-4041



Skirts and feet will fly amidst the sparkling lights as various organizations throughout the Northwest come together in support of a local swing dance venue. The Pacific Lutheran University Swing Club is inviting many other dance clubs in the area to a benefit dance to help fundraise for Grit City Ballroom, which is evolving from T-Town Swing, a weekly swing dance social held in Tacoma.


The semi-formal dance will be Monday, Jan. 6from 8-11 p.m. in the Chris Knutzen Hall, located in the Anderson University Center at PLU. Opening with a lesson for beginners, there will be social dancing and a Jack and Jill Contest with prizes for the winners. Contestants will be paired with random partners and judged on their general skills in following or leading. Dance admission is $5 for PLU students and $7 for non-PLU students. Entrance into the contest is an additional $2 and donations will be collected throughout the evening. Snacks will be provided.


For the past two years, Kelly Edmonston has run T-Town swing in Tacoma. “I’ve seen people fall in love with dancing just like I did,” Edmonston said, “The dance scene in Tacoma has grown more than I imagined it would or could.” Due to T-Town’s success, Edmonston recently put a deposit down for a new space on Sixth Ave. “It’s beautiful,” Edmonston said, “It has old wood floors, high ceilings, big windows, and it’s right above a wonderful coffee shop and a wine bar.”


T-Town Swing is becoming Grit City Ballroom, a full time business that will house other dance events as well. Swing, balboa, blues and kizomba will be regularly featured in the new space and Edmonston hopes to find teachers for salsa and tango. There will also be space available for private events and showcases for talented Tacoma dance troupes. Edmonston says she hopes Grit City Ballroom will become, “the social dancing mecca of the South Sound.”


“We may be growing and changing, but this place will continue to be a community that’s open, friendly, and encouraging,” Edmonston said. But, fundraising for the start up costs has been an ongoing process. This is where the PLU Swing Club’s benefit dance comes in.


The PLU Swing Club is very proud to be hosting this event, according to Katrina Watson, Swing Club President. “As a leader at PLU as well as in the surrounding community, I think it’s important to give back and help fellow leaders,” Watson said, “The benefit dance will be a fun event for the PLU community, and will also be helping T-Town become Grit City Ballroom.”  Many PLU Swing Club members dance at what is now T-Town, and would love to have a bigger venue to dance in.


The students in the Swing Club meet at 8 p.m. Mondays in The Cave at PLU. We teach a lesson at about 8:10 p.m., have a social swing dance from about 8:45-10:15 p.m., then switch to blues and fusion dancing from 10:15-11 p.m. The lessons are progressive throughout the year, starting with east coast swing. Some months we switch it up and teach different forms of dance, even extending into ballroom dances. Everyone is welcome to all of our lessons, so long as they are over 18 (university policy). Please contact us if you have any questions. 





For more information check out the PLU Swing Club Facebook Page,, or e-mail Katrina Watson, Swing Club President, at

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