Arts & Culture

Hepcats, UK School of Music Hold Swingin' Dance

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2010) − The University of Kentucky School of Music and the Hepcats invite the public to their annual Big Band Swing Dance. Dancers and music aficionados of all ages are welcome to attend the event scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6, at the UK Student Center Grand Ballroom.  


The featured band for the Big Band Swing Dance is the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra. The orchestra will play original arrangements of the great big bands of the swing era, including music from artists like Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Jimmie Lunceford and Artie Shaw. 

The Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, directed by UK School of Music professors Miles Osland and Dick Domek, consists of the finest and most talented faculty, alumni and musicians from Kentucky area colleges and universities.

The Big Band Swing Dance festivities will begin with free swing dance lessons at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. The dance will commence at 8:30 p.m. and run until midnight, complimentary refreshments will be provided. A dance contest will be held during the band’s break. Tickets to the dance are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

The Hepcats is an organization dedicated to promoting the original swing dances, Lindy Hop and Balboa, and the original swing music of the 1930s and '40s.

For more information on the Big Band Swing Dance or the Hepcats, check out the Hepcats website at, or contact Mike Richardson by phone at (859) 420-2426 or e-mail to