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August 21, 2014

Swing Farmington keeps members on good footing

By Sherri Kolade
C & G Staff Writer

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Swing Farmington keeps members on good footing
Becky Martin holds on to Peter Schriemer during a dance last year.

FARMINGTON — It will be three years since 32-year-old Ann Arbor resident Peter Schriemer became a swinger.

Aug. 21 marks the anniversary of when he started kicking up dust and dipping the ladies to the floor when performing swing dancing routines with swing dance group Swing Farmington.

“I can honestly say that Swing Farmington has changed my life,” Schriemer said. “It has been a phenomenal group of  people. I’ve met many friends. I’m able to see them every week. We’re able to work on swing dance moves. It is a community of friends.”

Swing Farmington, a weekly swing dance group that meets 8:30-11 p.m. Thursdays at the Sundquist Pavilion, 33113 Grand River Ave., is where Schriemer, teenagers, college students and post-college members dance grooves into the floor, group organizer Alexander Steward said.

“It is really continuing to grow and develop and be very much a great community group,” Steward said of the three-year-old group.

For a $1 donation every Thursday, participants ages 15-35 years old can dance the night away to songs from the 1920s to today.

The Farmington group brings anywhere from 80-200 people from Novi, Detroit, Dearborn,Taylor, Flat Rock and all of metro Detroit to move their feet every week in the group.

Steward, also the group’s DJ, said he plays songs that vary from big bands to rock ‘n’ roll to blues.

Some of the most common dance styles are East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, the Charleston and Country Swing, among other types of social dances, according to http://swinginfusion.com.

One of the group’s highlighting events is Rampage Swing, an annual dance event dedicated to playing high-energy swing music, which swing community members can enjoy during the seventh annual event 8:30-11 p.m. Aug. 21 at the pavillion.

“I’m very excited for Rampage Swing,” Schriemer said. “It is sort of the Super Bowl of the metro Detroit swing community because it is a really big event. Hundreds of people come to it, and it is alive. I use Rampage Swing to mark when I began swing dancing.”

For more information, email Steward at contactalexanderdsteward@gmail.com.

The group meets at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 23225 Gill Road, in case of rain. The group meets at the pavilion May through October, and at the church November through April.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sherri Kolade at skolade@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1046.