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Swing dancers help kick off the New Year.

The Foreign Affairs Recreation Association and the State of the Arts Cultural Series kicked off the new year with a performance by Gotta Swing, and also presented classical pianist Jeanette Fang.

Tom Koerner, Debra Sternberg and their energetic group of dancers kicked up their heels doing the jitterbug and Lindy Hop. Tom and Debra teach classes and have won many swing competitions. The term "swing dancing" refers to a family of dances that evolved from the 1920s Charleston into the Lindy Hop--also known as the jitterbug--and its progeny. The Lindy Hop uses the movements and improvisation of African dances, along with the formal eight-count structure of European partner dances. The audience couldn't seem to get enough of these talented dancers.

Jeanette Fang, 22, wowed the audience with her phenomenal piano artistry. She is a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky, attends Juilliard and has won many competitions. She has performed at prestigious venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She performed Rachmaninoff 's etude Tableaux, op. 33, no. 6 and Schumann's Sonata no. 1 in F# minor, op. 11. Her interpretation revealed a sensitivity rarely seen in someone her age. An appreciative audience applauded resoundingly.

The author is a computer specialist in the Executive Secretariat. Members of the Gotta Swing dance group give it their all.
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Title Annotation:STATE OF THE ARTS
Author:Bentel, John
Publication:State Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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