Authenticity in contemporary swing dance


Dave Henderson, an MA student in the Intercultural and International Communication program, created an audio documentary for his public culture class on the history and authenticity of contemporary swing dance. In Authenticity in Swing Dance, he asks if anything new can be created and still be authentic within the recent rediscovery of swing dance and its eighty-year history, while practitioners share insights on the spirit and feel of swing music and revival of the dance.

Since it was posted in mid July, Dave’s podcast has received interest from Seattle to Thailand to Germany, and has had over 1000 listens. Dave is currently working on a second podcast in response to feedback he's received about Authenticity in Swing Dance.