By Idamarie Tedesco


As students enter the second half of the fall semester, many seem to be tired, dragging, or just plain sick of studying and doing homework on repeat.

Endless hours spent in the library staring at a pile of books or the blinding light of one's laptop in their face is certainly something that can cause a student to break.

Chris Swedorske, a freshman majoring in Criminal Justice at Madonna, decided that didn't have to be the case.

Since the beginning of October, Swedorske has been holding Madonna Swing every other Friday in the Franciscan Center’s Gathering Space.

"I chose swing dancing because it is very popular among the high school and college students in southeast Michigan" said Swedorske. "I wanted to provide this fun opportunity to the students of Madonna."

Originated in Harlem, New York, in the late 1920s, swing dancing is known to be one of the most vivacious and colorful forms of dancing today.

The Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, and the Charleston are just a few of the more common forms of swing dancing.

A way to relieve tension and all the stress factors that come with being a college student, swing dancing is offered as an alternative for not allowing school to get in the way of having a good time.

It also gives students the opportunity to go out and meet fellow peers at Madonna.

" My favorite part of this event is getting to meet new people and watch them have a great time," said Swedorske.

While not all of us are too swift on our feet, Swedorske ensures that there be at least two people at each dance available for training for those who wish to learn.

Requests for other styles of dancing can also be arranged, too, such as line-dancing.

So if you're ready to get your jump, jive, and wail on, be sure to check out Madonna Swing every other Friday starting Nov. 2 in the Madonna Franciscan Center’s Gathering Space.

All dances start promptly at 8 p.m. and end around 11 p.m.

For further details or questions about Madonna Swing, contact Chris Swedorkse at


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