GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- In spite of problems last week, the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society held their usual weekly dance as scheduled Tuesday night.
But not in Rosa Parks Circle where the trouble was last week.
"This week we are indoors," explained dance host Steve Zaagman. "We are in the Masonic Center on Fulton. It's got a big dance floor and it's pretty awesome. I've got a lot of people."
Even though a small admission fee was charged to cover rent and help weed out troublemakers, a large crowd came to the dance.
Many said they were relieved the rowdy behavior that stopped the dance early last week didn't kill it for good.
"I'm so happy," said dancer Julie Hollett. "I've been going here for 3 years and I love this. "It's an amazing atmosphere
The Tuesday night swing dance at Rosa Parks Circle has become a Grand Rapids summer time institution over the last few years.
But police shut down the dance early on August 13 because of fights involving teenagers congregating along the perimeter of Rosa Parks Circle.
None of the dancers were involved, but at least 10 people were arrested.
Zaagman says he doesn't want the troublemakers to end what gives pleasure and entertainment to so many.
"We are not going to let some random thugs ruin swing dance," he vows. "We are going to continue this."
Zaagman, who is also our co-worker here at WZZM 13, says he has moved indoors for the moment, but he is still planning future swing dances outside.
He's says he's talking to the new Downtown Market about possible space and he's negotiating with city leaders about returning to Rosa Parks Circle for 2 weeks during Art Prize this fall.
"Because, ultimately, it's really cool to be outside," he says.