Jeremiah Williams

While most guys his age are hanging in the mall to meet girls, doing death-defying stunts on skateboards or dribbling basketball, 18-year-old Jeremiah Williams can usually be found on the dance floor.

But instead of hip-hop or dirty dancing, you will find Jeremiah serving up some East Coast Swing.

More than five years ago, Williams’ mom introduced him to swing dancing, and he has been hooked ever since. Although these dances are often performed to music from the 1930s and 1940s, Williams says he likes all kinds of music.

“Everything from Jay Z to Neo, to Rachmaninoff and Josh Groban,” he said. But there is at least one genre he is not so crazy about. “Everything except country.”

Williams, who was home-schooled, is in his second semester at Trinity River Campus. He loves math, and his math instructor Mr. Tolbert. Jeremiah plans to become a police officer.

Of his swing dance hobby, he said although the average dancer is older than 40, there are quite a few others in his age group, and they have traveled to California to compete against more than 2,500 dancers at an annual event called Camp Hollywood.

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