Forest City Swing (FCS) started in the Spring of 2000. We decided to start our swing dancing group because we enjoyed dancing and there wasn’t a place to swing dance in the Rockford area.
FCS has been in many locations over the years like the Rockford Brewery, Legion Hall in downtown Cherry Valley, St. Edward Church Community Center, and currently we are at our new location Mt. Olive Lutheran Church located on 2001 N. Alpine Road.
We started with 15-20 people while we were at Cherry Valley and now our average attendance is 60-90 people during the school year and 90-200+ in the summer. In 2002, we finalized our group and made it official. We named ourselves “Forest City Swing”. We host our dances one Thursday a month.
Forest City Swing’s goal is to provide a fun place for people of all ages to go and dance, however, in 2003, FCS became more than that – we started our annual “Swing Out Rockford” event. This was a great opportunity to bring in a live swing band and have a big swing dance party for the community. More importantly, we decided that since we are a community focused organization, we would donate the net proceeds of Swing Out Rockford, and the admission money collected at our monthly dance, to local charities and organizations around the Rockford area. Since 2003, we have donated more than $50,000 to local organizations including: Rockford Rescue Mission, Arthritis Foundation, Crisis Pregnancy Center, Sharefest, and the Community Foundation of Northern IL.
All FCS staff, instructors, and board members are volunteers donating their time to make Forest City Swing a success. We are so proud that we have created a safe, fun place for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together to enjoy music and dancing and cycle that joy back into the Rockford community that we all love. We hope you can join us in this effort to make Rockford a better place for the people who call it home. So come on out – we’d love to dance with you!