Swing, Art, and All That Jazz
An African American Cultural Heritage Camp
July 30 - August 3, 2018
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Explore the living traditions of swing dance and music at The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC). Under expert supervision, students will practice a different style of dance each day and explore its relationship to music and African American cultural heritage through hands-on activities. Throughout the week, students will curate and produce a video on the history of African American dance to accompany a painting by Palmer Hayden in ASC’s permanent collection. This video will be made available in ASC’s gallery alongside the painting and on ASC’s website, allowing future generations to learn from the students of this camp. Limited space of 20 students.
This camp is for gifted and talented students in Arkansas who are in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades during the current school year (2017-2018). Camp participants do not need to be in gifted and talented programs at their school. If selected, this camp is provided at no cost to the student. To be considered for this camp, please complete the following application. Applications accepted until camp reaches full capacity (20 students).
This camp made possible by a grant from the Arkansas Department of Education.
Can't complete the online application? Download this PDF version of the application form, print it, and fill it out by hand.
In this video clip, Frankie Manning dances with other members of the professional dance troupe "Whitey's Lindy Hoppers" in the Hollywood film Hellzapoppin'. Frankie Manning (1914-2009) was an American dancer, instructor, and choreographer, and he is widely considered the grandfather of Lindy Hop, a traditional style of swing dancing. The Frankie Manning Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to "to carry on the work and the spirit of Frankie Manning in spreading the joy of Lindy hop, danced to big band swing music, throughout the world." The lead instructor for this camp, Nick Davis, has studied under Frankie Manning and other legends of swing, and serves as an Ambassador for the Frankie Manning Foundation. For another example of swing dancing in action, check out the video below. For more information on the Frankie Manning Foundation, see their website here. For more information on Nick Davis and Track Town Swing, see his website here.
Nick Davis teaching swing at a dance hosted by his nonprofit organization, Track Town Swing.