‘Swing Pink’ dance on Thursday will be fundraiser for breast cancer research

Posted 11 February 2023 at 9:33 am

Press Release, Medina Lindy in the Village

MEDINA – The next Medina Lindy in the Village will host a “Swing Pink” themed Lindy Hop swing dance with proceeds from the event on Thursday going to support breast cancer research.

DJ Tommy Sprinkles of Swing Buffalo will serve up romantic jazz hits of yore for area dancers in Bent’s historic opera space, decorated in a pink theme symbolizing breast cancer awareness. All dance levels including beginner and spectator are welcome from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

The “Swing Pink” dance event is the first of this year’s Medina Lindy in the Village themed dances. While Lindy Hop swing dances have become a regular monthly fixture at Bent’s since their August inception, this event is the first to use dance to raise money for a cause and the first hosted solely by Medina Lindy in the Village.

A free beginner lesson at 6:30 will be included as part of the evening’s festivities, with the dance itself immediately following at 7:30. Tickets for the dance are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $30 for family households, all of which include the free lesson before the dance.

Medina resident Phil Berry formed Medina Lindy in the Village to spread Lindy Hop social dancing through monthly dances and free group and one-on-one instruction, and to keep social dancers informed of learning and practice opportunities in the Niagara-Orleans area.

“When Medina Lindy asked me if I would provide the music for a dance with such an important cause, it was an easy decision,” said DJ Tommy Sprinkles, who is donating his services for the benefit dance. “We’ll have a lot of fun on the dance floor while doing some good.”

“In response to the strong turnout we’ve seen from the younger community and families, we are offering reduced pricing for students and families,” Berry said. “The number of youth and families that have started to join us for these dances has shown us there is a great interest in wholesome community activities for all ages, such as swing dancing. We hope our adjusted pricing will allow these new dancers to keep on attending, and will attract even more students and families to join in the fun.”

Bent’s has modified its role in these monthly swing dances. Rather than functioning as the host, Bent’s now provides advantageous pricing to Medina Lindy in the Village so they can better execute on their dance- and community-centered vision.

Medina Lindy plans to continue holding these monthly dances on the third Thursday throughout 2023 in addition to offering additional free group lessons at Bent’s on the first three Mondays of each month.

For more information about Medina Lindy in the Village, or upcoming dances and lessons, visit www.MedinaLindy.com, or www.facebook.com/groups/medinalindy, or email info@MedinaLindy.com.