Slip into your dancing shoes.

The annual ULTRA Club Big Band Dance will bring an evening of music and dancing to the campus of Tarleton State University on Friday, April 8, in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. ULTRA Club members receive special tickets and pricing.

Local musicians and talent from across the state will take the stage to perform jazz and swing favorites. The band plays together year-round and will have more than 20 instruments in tow - five trumpets, five trombones, five saxophones, a piano, double-bass guitar and an ensemble of percussion.

The group of current and retired band directors from Tarleton and other Texas institutions is directed by jazz professor Greg Ball and will accompany vocalist Christine Bridges.

"Silver Swing, 25 Years of Fun" is this year's theme as the ULTRA Club commemorates a quarter-century of "swinging" support to fine arts students.

Club members are busy searching the group's archives to document the 25-year history of the booster organization.

A tall, white sculpture pointing due north was donated by Ernie and Hugh Wolfe and stands outside the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center. Standing for "unlocking limits that restrict achievement," ULTRA is the namesake of the student support group.

Founded in 1986, the club provides scholarships to fine arts students, sponsors workshops and masters' classes and provides funding for student travel.

"The ULTRA Club's mission is to enhance the education of students," said Dr. Teresa Davidian, who leads the fine arts department.

Membership dues and other contributions fund trips to professional music and theatrical performances and give students the opportunity to perform in places like Chicago and New York City.

The ULTRA Club also hosts music festivals throughout the year spotlighting the selected sound of piano, percussion and jazz at each festival.

For tickets and other details about the dance, call Dayle Cox at 968-9291.