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Line Dancing, Sweet Tea and Southern Hospitality

It’s time to break out the dancing shoes and bust a move on the Plains.


Auburn’s Second Annual Southern Swing is coming to town on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, and the
benefit dance is sure to take those dancing shoes for a spin.

Before you start practicing the well-rehearsed Wop, Wobble and Gangnam Style though, think again.

Southern Swing, a night of dancing, sweet tea and Southern hospitality, is hosted by Auburn University’s service sorority, Omega Phi Alpha, and includes a line dancing lesson. Everyone in the community is welcome, and if a pair of cowboy boots doesn’t exist in your closet, don’t sweat it.

“This is the second time that we’ve had Southern Swing, and it’s a great way to hang out with a group of friends or have a date night,” Mary Caillouet, secretary of Omega Phi Alpha said. “This time, we’ll have a caller that will call out and teach line dances.”

This semester, the dancing starts at 7 p.m. at the Auburn United Methodist Church, and it will cost $5 per person at the door.

Like last semester, all proceeds from Southern Swing will go to a chosen philanthropy. Last semester’s event raised more than $500 for the Door of Hope Children’s Mission, a nonprofit that seeks to help meet the needs of abused, abandoned and orphaned children in South Africa by providing loving and stable Christian environments.

Switching it up from last semester’s swing dancing lesson and international donation, this semester’s line dancing will benefit an organization that is closer to home.

“We’re trying to raise money for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI),” Caillouet said. “We have a sister who suffers from TBI, and we want to support her.”

This semester, all of the proceeds from Southern Swing will be donated to the Alabama Head Injury Foundation, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals who have survived traumatic brain injuries.

“We’re hoping that this night can not only bring awareness, but also support in the community,” Caillouet said.

For more information on TBI or the Alabama Head Injury Foundation, visit

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