Just Swing By (2017)

Why are Thursdays so important for Doug?

"Jazz music is a drug. It comes from the 20s and the 30s and New Orleans, Harlem, it comes from all these places where people were being oppressed."

Just Swing By

Life is hard. Life is exhausting. But most of the time, we don't even realize that we are worn out from the mundane nature of our daily struggles. We need space to breathe once in a while. Everybody finds that opportunity in different ways.


Doug Noel, a computer programmer and single father, finds it in swing dancing. He speaks about how swing dancing helped him reclaim his stride when he was lost, and how Lindy Lab - the local swing dance studio in Durham, North Carolina - serves as his safe haven now.


"it’s very much a safe haven. You come in here and you come into these walls and for a few hours you don’t worry about stuff you just hang out and you dance."