Couples give country swing dance class a whirl


March 16, 2023

Lizzie Thompson / Petersburg Pilot

Aidan Cotta and Kate Thompson, right, are having fun practicing the swinging dance moves they've learned from their instructors, Bill Moulton and Mary Clemens at the Mitkof Dance Troupe studio. Moulton laughs, "At some point I turned around one day and some of the students were a third of my age. It was a real shock, I thought, 'What's happened here?'"

Mary Clemens and Bill Moulton have teamed up for the fourth time to share their love of country swing dance and the two-step by teaching a recent class at the Mitkof Dance Troupe's studio.

Clemens explains, "Two-step is slow and swing is fast. It's different steps. Bill makes it look easy because he's a good lead. It really makes a difference if the guy knows how to get you to do what they want you to do."

Moulton says, "There are five basic moves to learn, then you build on those to learn the fancier steps - like the pretzel, the windmill, crazy eight, the throw away, and the WWW [window-...

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