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Swing Dance Long Island board member Debora Tarricone

Swing Dance Long Island board member Debora Tarricone and president John Pomeroy dance during the eighth annual New Year's Black Tie Swing Dance at Smithtown Historical Society’s Frank Brush Barn. (Jan. 7, 2012) Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Carolyn Willis-Falvey met her husband, Paul, at a mountain biking club.

While getting to know one another, he asked her if she wanted to dance. She said yes.

Years later, the East Patchogue couple is still dancing together.

“Dancing is a lot of fun,” said Willis-Falvey.

The couple danced the night away Saturday, with Paul quickly spinning his wife around to the uptempo beat, at the eighth annual New Year’s Black Tie Swing Dance held at the Smithtown Historical Society’s Frank Brush Barn.

The event hosted by Swing Dance Long Island Inc. featured Mike Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra performing music from the swing dance era.

Swing Dance Long Island Inc. president John Pomeroy has been a fan of swing dancing for the past 23 years.

“I love the music. I like getting down,” said Pomeroy, of Lake Grove. “Swing dancing is so much fun because you get to interact with great people and it’s easy to learn.”

Swing dancing dates to the 1940s and has different styles such as the East Coast swing, West Coast swing, the Lindy Hop and the jitterbug.

Swing Dance Long Island Inc. offers beginner dance lessons every Tuesday from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Huntington Moose Lodge, 631 Pulaski Rd., Greenlawn.

“Swing dancing is great exercise. I enjoy going out to dance and meeting a friendly group of people,” said Setauket resident Tom Adams, a board member of Swing Dance Long Island.

Commack resident Debora Tarricone was excited about the black tie swing dancing event.

“I like to swing dance and I like the music. It’s a feel good music,” said Tarricone, also a board member of Swing Dance Long Island.

The black tie event began as a way to celebrate the New Year.

“Most people get dressed up when the New Year comes in so it worked to have the black tie event for the swing dance,” said Tarricone.

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