"There are a lot of things about Pensacola Swing that you just aren't going to get anywhere else. I'm going to miss home when I leave to go to college, but I think I'm going to miss this place more." - Scotty Phillips
"Swing dancing gives you something to look forward to at the end of the week."
"When you're swing dancing, for a few minutes you become an actor, a dancer, a choreographer. You become the best version of yourself as you let go of life's concerns."
"I love dressing up in vintage outfits. Wearing fancy dresses and old jewelry is one of my favorite things about swing dancing because it makes the evening feel special."
"Everyone is so friendly at swing dancing. I learned how to dance by other people volunteering to teach me."
"Swing, swing, swing
It is just one big dance fling
The guys swing you around their hips
And make you do all kinds of cool flips
There are all ages
But beware it is contagious
One dance and then your hooked
Though all your fridays will then be booked"
"You say you're a bad dancer? How do you know? Rome wasn't built in a day. No one becomes a great dancer in one hour. It takes practice"
"Dancing is 95% confidence, 3% what you're wearing, and 2% knowing the dance steps."
Guest Dance Instructors, submitted by Josh Bohannon
"Swing dancing is magical...I mean, you might be missing the rabbit, but you already have the hat!"
"Even if I do not personally know who I am dancing with, I know them. When you dance with someone, thier true character is shown without restraint. You don't have to worry about anything around you. It is surreal."
Swing is the excitement your soul expresses in flips, twists, and turns!
"There are no mistakes in swing... only variations."
The Mobile Swing Night Club, Univ. of Mobile
"When you fall, try it again....everyone falls the first time!"
"Swing back into time!"
"If life throws you a break (instead of lemons), go swing dancing at Pensacola Swing (not make lemonade)"
"I have never dropped anyone, okay maybe once, but they don't remember so it didn't really happen."
"The girl is never wrong, but the guy is always right."
"There is no better place to just let go and lose yourself dancing in a safe environment that recreates the spirit of a past era."
"Good swing partners make the world go 'round... bad ones just make the room spin."
"Whatever works, that's the thing about swing... whatever works."
"You might trip, fall, or drop your partner, but Swing is the greatest stress relief at the end of your week."
Steven Michael McHaley
"It's Friday Night! It's Swing Night!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"Walking in the Legion Hall is like walking back in time."
"Culture, the acquainting ourselves with the best that has been known and said in the world, and thus with the history of the human spirit."
Matthew Arnold 1822-1888; English educationist and philosopher
"I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself."
"While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole.
That is why I dance."
"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak."
Derrick "Suwaima" Davis, Hopi/Chocktaw Indian
"A man who knows how to dance can make any woman feel good."
Barbara Haller, ballroom champion
"Three hops get you just as far as one leap."
Cynthia Copeland Lewis
"Dance isn't something that can be explained in words; it has
to be danced."
"Dancing is an art that imprints the soul. It is with you every
moment, it expresses itself in everything you do."
"Dancing is poetry of the foot."
"Lesser dancers stumble, better dancers syncopate"
"If their feet aren't in the right place, at least their hearts
Christian M. Chensvold, on novice swingers
"When you are dancing with your partner, for that two and
a half minutes, you are in love with each other. You're
corresponding with each other by the moves that you make. It's a
love affair, between you and your partner and
the music. You feel the music, you feel your partner, she feels
you and she feels the music. So there the three of
you are together. You've got a triangle, you know. Which one do
you love best?"
"We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in
an affirmation of
life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor,
the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This
is the function of the American dance."
Martha Graham (1894-1991), U.S. dancer, choreographer.
"The American Dance" published
in Modern Dance, ed. by Virginia Stewart, 1935).