Today we’d like to introduce you to Delty Carmona, Rishona Cann and Bradley Rogers.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Delty, Rishona and Bradley. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Swing out South Florida started as a social club with the purpose of preserving the history of Jazz Age dances of the early 1900’s. By providing lessons and social dances for East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues and Balboa, we have created an open and enjoyable environment for people of all ages to enjoy. We began in Boca Raton and have now expanded throughout Fort Lauderdale. We aim to provide high-quality instruction and information about these historical American dances to preserve them for future generations.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Our greatest struggle as a dance scene has been connecting the South Florida population with not just the Jazz age dances but the culture as well. South Florida has strong roots in Latin dances and culture which sometimes creates confusion when we teach. People tend to gravitate towards whats most familiar so we often have beginners try a lesson to only give up and go back to whats already familiar to them. One approach we use to work around this obstacle is to relay new information in a way our students can relate to. Doing this helps us create an open and fun environment for all to enjoy.
Please tell us about Swing Out South Florida Inc..
Swing Out South Florida Inc. is a non-profit organization ran with volunteer help wanting to educate and promote Jazz Age dances and history. Our specialty is teaching and helping people connect to the dance and music. We are proud of the people we touch and the fact that we are able to relay history through music and provide an environment where people can connect to that music and each other. We are set apart from other groups because we provide something that no one in South Florida provides. Plus we are a friendly organization that welcomes everyone with open arms.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Rishona: When I was thirteen, my forward thinking parents bought Swing dance lesson for my twin brother and I in order to perform at our B’nai-Mitzvah. It is my favorite childhood dance memory because it was a feeling of magic I’ve never felt before. It opened up my eyes to a whole new experience. It took me a long time to recapture the magic, but I was so fortunate to find SOSF years later… and the best part of my adulthood, is when my twin came to the dance, too.
Delty: As a child, I grew up watching musicals and listening to big band music. Something that the kids my age did not do. My stepfather would play his favorite songs and explain some fact or story related to the songs. It showed me that there is so much more out there and that our lives have a soundtrack. Mine is mostly songs from the 50’s.
Bradley: As a child, I grew up playing the trumpet. As I grow older, I began to play more jazz music and became obsessed with artists like Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, And Cab Calloway. I would often beg for video games and jazz music form my birthday and Christmas.
- 10 $ General Admission to our weekly dance on Mondays
- 6 $ Student Admission (with valid ID) to our weekly dance on Mondays
- Address: 600 Tennis Club Drive
Oakland Park, Fl
- Website: swingoutsouthflorida.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/swingoutsouthflorida/
Julian Ehrlich, Kaycie Davis, Cara E., Andrew King