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Has it been a little while since you heard swing mentioned? Don't worry, it's still here. Instructors from Arthur Murray Dance Studio will be giving free swing demonstrations and lessons at Barnes & Noble, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway, at 2 p.m Saturday. Cost is free.

And you think swing started with a Gap commercial and Brian Setzer here's part of the real history.

Many people have called the 1930s and the early 1940s "The Swing Era." It was the first jazz style to become commercial and socially respectable. Swing organized musicians in groups of up to 16 who played a lot more written music than the usual improvisational style of jazz. These groups, orchestras or big bands, were sectioned by instrument and usually contained one vocalist. Band leaders such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller gained national fame. But just like most musical styles, commercialism took hold, the public grew bored and swing was pushed aside for the next musical fad. So does this resurgence mean swing is here to stay? Maybe, or at least until the lambada comes back. For information, call (813) 962-8097.