Swingin’ in Vienna brings out dancers of all abilities

February 26, 2013

By Iman Baghai

On Feb. 9, students, parents and community members came together at Issaquah High School to waltz and swing the night away at the annual Swingin’ in Vienna concert.

The concert is put on by the Issaquah Jazz Band, an audition group that meets every morning before school, and the Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra, an audition group that draws the best musicians from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools.

Iman Baghai Issaquah High School

Iman Baghai
Issaquah High School

Doug Longman, conductor of the Evergreen Philharmonic, describes the event as “not a concert — this is an event where the orchestra and jazz band participate with the community.”

There was also coffee, punch and dessert.

Longman isn’t the only one to think of the dance as a community event.

“It’s not just a dance for parents and high schoolers,” senior Madison Kelly, a member of both music groups, said. “It’s something fun and entertaining for anyone who wants to be involved.”

The night was filled with people from beginners learning the box step to professionals lighting up the dance floor.

Longman said he has many memories of Swingin’ in Vienna in the past 15 years.

“There have been so many great evenings over the years,” he said.

See photos from the event at http://bit.ly/XwvjBW.

 

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