Swing Line Youth Dance Explosion

Press Release

Let’s Swing! Tri-State Connection Brings Swing Dancers Nationwide Together for its Annual Competition/Dance in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan Area

(Baltimore/Washington DC) Swing dance organizations from around the country are planning to gather in Baltimore, Maryland on September 21-22, 2012, for Tri-State Connection’s 7th Annual Swing Line Youth Dance Explosion (SLYDE) conference and competition. Nearly 1,000 dancers will converge at the BWI Marriott Hotel for a weekend full of showcase performances, contests, workshops, and all-night dance parties and approximately $20,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. The competition will span generations, with categories for youth, teens, adults and seniors.

Tri-State Connection’s mission is to bring together the various swing dance communities from across the United States to showcase the different styles of swing and line dance nationwide.  Mr. Lawrence Bradford, Chairperson for Tri-State Connection and President of the Smooth & EZ© Hand Dance Institute states, “We intend to do our part towards sustaining, enriching, and preserving all forms of swing and line dance for generations to come by passing it on to our youth through education and national events such as SLYDE.”

Tri-State Connection is composed of swing dance organizations in Baltimore (Sugar Foot) and Washington, DC (Smooth & EZ©). Groups like Smooth & EZ©, Sugar Foot, teach swing and line dance classes — these five organizations have taught more than 15,000 students to dance since 1992. More importantly, these organizations do vital work with young people such as providing scholarships for educational purposes. This is the seventh year that Tri-State Connection has presented SLYDE.


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