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Dancing is good for agility, endurance and cardiovascular strength.

Plus, the women love it.

"Guys who know how to dance definitely step up a notch in their attractiveness for me," said Angela Beall, 23. "There's something very manly about a guy who has control on the dance floor."

Each week, the Monday Nite Big Band sets up shop at Lindsay Hall, where a small but enthusiastic faction of dancers come out to swing.

Last Monday, Michael Perdue, 24, arrived with girlfriend Tiffany Willis, 23.

"I think (being here) is winning me some brownie points right now," Mr. Perdue said.

"Definitely," Ms. Willis agreed.

According to Rick Smith, a dancer and promoter for Chattanooga Swing and Lindy, the chances of a man finding an eager partner is high. The odds, he said, are in a man's favor.

"Women in general seem to like to dance," he said. "Most men in general seem to not like to dance."

But like Ms. Beall said, knowing how to give a girl a spin can be quite a plus.

When Mary Christa Jaramillo, 24, met Adam Bolin, 27, his ability to dance caught her eye.

"It was one of the things we had in common," she said. "I don't think I'd ever met (a man) who actually knew how."

Ms. Jaramillo and Mr. Bolin will wed next week.

Miles Mason and Rachel Anderson are also looking forward to their upcoming wedding. The couple is taking dance classes with instructor Lindsay Fussell at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

"I'm looking forward to the experience," said Mr. Mason, with a grin, clutching Ms. Anderson to his side.

And if his fiancee is not standing next to him?

"I'd still like to learn, but I'm a little intimidated," he admitted. "I have no coordination."

Ms. Anderson said she thinks sharing a common activity will be beneficial to the relationship.

David Collao, 25, has taken salsa classes and has recently decided to give a swing a try. Dancing, he said, helps alleviate the stress of graduate school studies. And acquiring the skill won't hurt his social life either.

Zach McElrath, 22, knows this to be true.

"Men should learn how to dance because of the many fine young women in the world who like to dance," he said Monday night at Lindsay Hall, where he was flanked by several beautiful females. Gesturing to the ladies, Mr. McElrath illustrated his point.

"Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C, Exhibit D and so on...."

Some places to dance:

BALLROOM -- Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Chattanooga Ballroom Dance Club lesson, 7:30 p.m., general dance at 8:30 each Tuesday. Beginners welcome. $5 members, $8 nonmembers. 238-4518.

COUNTRY -- Troy's Place, 320 Emerson Drive, Ringgold, Ga. Hopeful Country band, 8-11 p.m. each Friday and 7-11 p.m. each Saturday. $6. No-smoking or alcohol. 423-855-9662.

LINE DANCE -- Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Rd. Learn to line dance at the Crystal Boots Club at Allemande Hall. Beginner lessons, 6-7 p.m.,intermediate lessons 7-8 p.m., Mondays. $6/lesson or $20/month. Contact: 706-539-1323.

MIXED STYLE DANCE PARTIES -- Chattanooga Dancesport, 4295 Cromwell Rd., Chattanooga. Ballroom, Latin, pop and more. $10. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays; Studio 125, 125 Inman Street East, Cleveland. 9-11 p.m. Fridays. Locations switch the last weekend of each month.

SALSA - Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 5800 Brainerd Road. Salsa Lessons and dancing. Lesson 7:30-8:15pm; Latin dancing 8:15-9 p.m., Mondays. $10. Contact: 892-5861

SINGLES DANCE -- Bourbon Street, 2000 E. 23rd Street. Ladies drink specials all night. '70s, '80s & '90s music. 8 p.m.-12 a.m., Tuesdays. Contact: Diane Saynes, dsaynes@att.net.

SWING -- Lindsay Hall, 901 Lindsay Street, Chattanooga. With music by the Chattanooga Monday Nite Big Band. Free. 7:30-9:30, Mondays.

SWING AND SALSA -- Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River Street, Chattanooga. Swing and salsa classes for singles or couples. Tuesdays. Swing: 6:15-7 p.m., $50, $90 couple. Salsa, 7-7:30 p.m., $30, $50 couple. Both classes, $60 single, $100 couple.

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