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Swing dancing at the Big Apple on February 21

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Grab your dancing shoes and swing your way the Big Apple this Friday! Historic Columbia and Palmetto Swing Dance Association are back with another night of dancing, history and fun with Swingin' at the Big Apple.

Don't know how to swing? Take lesson from Richard Durlach and Breedlove at 7 pm. After the lesson, enjoy open dance from 8 pm until midnight! Swingin' at the Big Apple is $5 for HC and PSDA members and $8 for the general public.

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.

Swingin' at the Big Apple will be held again on April 4. Walk-ins are welcome, but you may also reserve your spot online, by emailing reservations@historiccolumbia.org or by calling 803.252.1770 x 23.

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