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Photo Series: Swing Dancing at the U

Students can learn more about swing dancing by joining the Country Swing Dance Club.
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Luke Larsen
Members of the Country Swing Dance Club dance to modern country music in the ballroom of the A. Ray Oplin Student Union on the University of Utah campus on Feb. 6, 2024. (Photo by Luke Larsen | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

 

Swing dancing, one will quickly realize the incredible aspects of the activity. It carries with it an innate sense of relaxed intimacy, freedom as well as seemingly inhuman feats of strength, flexibility and dexterity and awkwardness. Throughout a night of swing dancing you may see women upside-down spinning elegantly and impossibly close to ankles, men launching their partners through the air only to grab their feet moments before they fly off into the rafters, hands not knowing where to go, feet tangled amongst themselves, lots of silence, lots of yapping, daring eye contact, chaos on your left and total order on your right — and by the time you see it, it will be gone forever. But this was the perfect opportunity for any greedy camera as it captured any one of those moments in perfect stillness and looked with concentration at the human bodies frozen in the air perpetually.

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Luke Larsen, Photographer
(he/him) Luke started at the Chronicle in the fall of 2023. He is currently studying anthropology. He has worked as a professional portrait photographer since 2021 in Waco, Texas, where he has lived for the past ten years. He is originally from Los Angeles, California and loves Dim Sum.

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