Grand Rapids Original Swing Society
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A popular downtown event is being forced to move because of its massive popularity.
Grand Rapids Original Swing Society draws hundreds of people to Rosa Parks Circle each Tuesday for music and dance lessons. But with the large crowds comes the need for security, which proved to be too costly.
Swing Society founder Steve Zaagman, a WZZM 13 employee, announced Tuesday evening the event will be moved from Rosa Parks Circle to a yet-to-be-determined indoor location.
In recent months, several minor fights have broken out with groups of onlookers not participating in the event. Grand Rapids Police stepped up patrols in the area and Zaagman also hired private security.
Zaagman says minor scuffles proved too distracting for the dance enthusiasts. He hopes moving the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society indoors will deter troublemakers.