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A couple dances in Smithtown at the monthly

A couple dances in Smithtown at the monthly meetup of Swing Dance LI. (Oct. 2, 2010) Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Swing Dance Long Island has been dancing for 21 years, meeting monthly at the Smithtown Historical Society's Frank Brush Barn.

Joe Sehne and his date Erica Cipollina, both
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Joe Sehne and his date Erica Cipollina, both 15, sophomores at Smithtown High School East, who came to the dance with another couple, are attentive during a lesson before the big band played. "He told me months ago, 'I wish I could learn to dance like my grandparents did,' " said Cipollina, who added that the couples' swing dance destination was a surprise. "They didn't tell us where we were going," said Sehne, who seemed pleased at the result. (October 2, 2010)

Swing Dance LI is a group of people
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Swing Dance LI is a group of people who gather every Tuesday night and the first Saturday night of the month in Smithtown to dance traditional swing and Lindy Hop. The group is very open, and you don't need a partner. People mix it up--70-year-olds dance with 20-year-olds. There are free lessons before the dancing starts to a live band. Brian and Cindy Ansink, of Northport, credit the dancing with putting spice back into their marriage. (Oct. 2, 2010)

Janice Calandrino dances with her partner, Bill Wilson.
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Janice Calandrino dances with her partner, Bill Wilson. (Oct. 2, 2010)

A couple practices their moves. (Oct. 2, 2010)
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

A couple practices their moves. (Oct. 2, 2010)

The 20-piece Long Island Sound Swing Band performs
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

The 20-piece Long Island Sound Swing Band performs during a recent Saturday night Swing Dance Long Island meetup at the Smithtown Historical Society's Frank Brush Barn. (Oct. 2, 2010)

Brian and Cindy Ansink of Northport watch the
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Brian and Cindy Ansink of Northport watch the action while taking a break from dancing. (Oct. 2, 2010)

Francesca Zografakis and her date Peter Marino, both
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Francesca Zografakis and her date Peter Marino, both 15, sophomores at Smithtown High School East, came with another couple to try out swing dancing for the first time. (Oct. 2, 2010)

Linda Manno and Edgar Valdivia of Lindenhurst wear
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Linda Manno and Edgar Valdivia of Lindenhurst wear fancy '50s-style shoes and outfits while swinging on the dance floor. (Oct. 2, 2010)

A view of the action from the outside,
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

A view of the action from the outside, where the man leads his partner into an extravagant dip. (Oct. 2, 2010)

A view of the dance floor, where some
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

A view of the dance floor, where some couples swing dance while others watch and wait. (Oct. 2, 2010)

There is always a friendly mix of age
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

There is always a friendly mix of age groups at Swing Dance Long Island events. (Oct. 2, 2010)

The brass section of the 20-piece Long Island
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

The brass section of the 20-piece Long Island Sound Swing Band, one of the live bands that shake the rafters at Swing Dance Long Island's weekend events, performs classic '40s and '50s tunes. (Oct. 2, 2010)

Rudy Alforque and his partner do a twirl
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Rudy Alforque and his partner do a twirl during a dance. (Oct. 2, 2010)

A look at feet on the dance floor
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

A look at feet on the dance floor shows a range of colorful outfits. (Oct. 2, 2010)

A couple dances in Smithtown at the monthly
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

A couple dances in Smithtown at the monthly meetup of Swing Dance LI. (Oct. 2, 2010)

Couples enjoy the music as they swing dance
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Couples enjoy the music as they swing dance to the beat of a live big band. (Oct. 2, 2010)

Michele Sivori Herman of Huntington, a computer programmer
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Michele Sivori Herman of Huntington, a computer programmer by day and a glamorous chanteuse by night, croons a tune with the Long Island Sound Swing band. (Oct. 2, 2010)

Karen Kwartler, of Setauket, a board member and
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Karen Kwartler, of Setauket, a board member and one of the founders of Swing Dance Long Island, gets a hand from John Pomeroy, of Lake Grove, its president, who often teaches the free lessons that are held before the band begins to play. (Oct. 2, 2010)

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