Connecting through Country Swing Dancing


Every Tuesday night, several BYU students flock to the Wilkinson Student Center for the Country Swing Dance Club

For BYU students Simon Hovanski and Meegan Harrington, this get-together has meant everything. 

Simon Hovanski proposed to his sweetheart Meegan Harrington at the Sweetheart Swing Dance in February. 

“I proposed then in the middle of the dance. It was glorious,” Hovanski said.

“In front of everybody,” Harrington said.

Their first date was country swing dancing, and the two are now vice presidents of the club, teaching this type of dance. 

“You don’t have to be a good dancer to learn how to country swing dance,” Harrington said. 

The club hosts about 200 to 500 students every Tuesday night and offers lessons at the beginning of each event.  

“Even if you think you can’t dance for the life of you, you have two left feet; I guarantee, you’ll be able to do this,” club president Mariah Hayes said. 

From two-steps to line dances, students dance the night away. 

“Country swing is the simplest and in my opinion the most fun form of dancing. I love that it’s so social,” Hayes said. 

Country swing dancing is creating friendships and relationships that can last a lifetime. 

“It’s so cool the relationships you can build while dancing. It’s just for everyone,” Hovanski said. “You don’t have to be a certain way or do a certain thing. You can just come and dance.”

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