Radeena Stuckey (right) and her dancing partner Lawrence Quinnett. (Photo by Brad Nathanson)

Morning movement tells your body that it's time to be awake, providing you with clarity, focus, and energy for the day ahead. To get us in the swing of things for the upcoming Annemarie Schwarzenbach: Departure without Destination exhibition, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art has partnered with GottaSwing Charlotte for a monthly series of Movement Mornings programs. These programs are designed to explore swing dance, The Big Apple, and The Charleston, all popular dances during the 1930s and 1940s when Schwarzenbach traveled through the Southern United States. We will explore the history and cultural significance of these movements, listen to music mastered here in Charlotte and try the dances out for ourselves!  

GottaSwing Charlotte, will lead these workshops.

Who is Gottaswing Charlotte

GottaSwing Charlotte prides themselves on fostering a fun environment where everyone is welcome. As Charlotte's largest and oldest swing dance organization, they offer group and private instruction in the swing dances of the 1930s and 1940s, including Lindy Hop, Charleston, East Coast Swing, and Balboa.

Who can participate?

All are welcome! The exercises will be accessible for all ages and ability levels. Wear comfy clothes, bring a bottle of water, and come prepared to move! 


Weather dependent, this program will be held on the Bechtler’s outdoor Plaza or inside the museum lobby. This program is free, but registration is required. No dedicated dance partner or dance experience necessary.

2022 Movement Mornings Schedule

THE CHARLESTON | Saturday, May 14, 2022
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

In this class, Gottaswing Charlotte will share the history, basic steps, and tons of variations for The Charleston, the oldest type of swing dancing.  

THE BIG APPLE | Saturday, June 4, 2022
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Big Apple dance craze swept the nation in the mid 1930's, and it started right here in the Carolinas. On Saturday, June 4, GottaSwing Charlotte, will discuss a bit of the history of the dance and teach you the moves so that you can do The Big Apple.

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