Dancing in the Park: The Lindy Hop Edition - Long Hunter State Park

HIKE STATS:
Meeting Time: 6:00 PM
Meeting Place: Area 2 picnic shelter beside Couchville Lake 
Hike Distance: None
Estimated Hike Time: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Hike Leader: Ponda

The Civilian Conservation Corps were a major force in building Tennessee State Parks. For recreation back in those days, women were brought in by bus for local dances. During this unique program at Long Hunter State Park, be prepared to step back in time and learn about the history of the park and then how to dance like the stars - or perhaps how the locals did in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Ranger Ponda Armstrong, who moonlights as a dance instructor, will provide the music and then show us how to burn up the dance floor with the Lindy Hop, swing and other similar styles. We'll start the night with an introductory Lindy Hop dance lesson from Ponda; this lesson will be a bit more advanced than the previous "Dancing in the Park" introductory lessons. As always, following the lesson we'll open up the floor for everyone to dance the night away!

Dancing in the Park is part of Long Hunter's "Friday Night at the Park" series. Other regular Friday night programs include Trivia Night at the Park, Movie Night at the Park & Campfire Night at the Park.

Due to the popularity of this event, we have moved the dance to a roomier setting: outdoors under the Couchville Lake picnic shelter at Area 2. In addition to the dancing, participants should also be able to enjoy the stars in the night sky and the glow of the moon glistening on the lake - not to mention the soothing sounds of frogs, owls, whippoorwills, katydids, and more.

The Couchville Lake picnic shelter has electricity and lights, and also bathrooms, a water fountain, and drink machines. And for those who wish to sit and rest occasionally, there will be picnic tables and benches nearby.

Although open to everyone, this particular program is probably best suited for ages 10 and up. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing that is suitable for dancing. Even if you're not a dancer, you're welcome to attend as a spectator.

Pets are not allowed in Area 2.

Directions to Couchville Lake Shelter at Area 2:

Enter Long Hunter State Park at the main park entrance (2910 Hobson Pike) and then take the first left (which is Area 2) and proceed to the parking lot. The picnic shelter is beside the Couchville Lake boathouse.

For further directions or park information, call the park office at[masked], or visit the park website at http://www.tn.gov/environment/parks/LongHunter/. You can also visit the Long Hunter Facebook page for up-to-date park information: http://www.facebook.com/longhunterstatepark.

 


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  • Michael H.

    Thank you Kat and Sara. =D

    July 28, 2013

    • Sara

      Thanks for the dance Michael! Hope to see you at the next one

      July 28, 2013

  • Jill

    Very disappointed, but not going to make this.

    July 27, 2013

  • Jill

    Still coming, but going to be late. Save a little
    lindy for me.

    July 27, 2013

  • Jason A.

    This is our first Saturday night dance of the year (and a special Lindy Hop edition) ... so please help us spread the word! If you have friends/family members who might be interested in attending, please invite them - even if they aren't Meetup members. RSVP's aren't necessary for this particular event - it's open to everyone. Thanks...

    July 25, 2013

  • Kurt M.

    Sorry, family emergency in Charlotte means I have to back out of this one. Too bad, we were looking forward to it. Next time, I hope.

    July 25, 2013

  • Michael H.

    I can't dance + 16 mile mini-mega, I should sell tickets to this train wreck!

    1 · July 22, 2013

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