Swingin’ at the Big Apple begins at 7 p.m. with a lesson in swing dance from Richard Durlach and Breedlove. Open dance begins at 8 p.m. and continues until midnight. The cost is $5 for members of Historic Columbia Foundation and Palmetto Swing Dance Association and $8 for the general public.
“We are excited to work with the Palmetto Swing Dance Association to create ‘Swingin’ at the Big Apple,’” said Sarah Blackwell, Historic Columbia’s director of programs. “This event allows us to invite the community to have fun and experience the building, while also paying credit to the Big Apple’s dance-based history.”
The Big Apple, located at 1000 Hampton Street in downtown Columbia, was originally built as the House of Peace Synagogue in 1915. Its Orthodox Jewish congregation outgrew the venue and sold it in 1936, paving the way for Elliot Wright and “Fat” Sam to open the Big Apple Night Club. The international dance craze known as the Big Apple would be born on the floor of this African-American club as a combination of many popular dances, including the Charleston and swing. The dance spread north and cemented the Big Apple as an important site in Columbia’s history.
Swingin' at the Big Apple will be held again on Feb. 21 and April 4. For more information about this and other Historic Columbia events, please call 803.252.1770 ext 23 or email email@example.com.
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