Sunday, December 26, 2010

Special Dances at Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village will be hosting special dances in January.


All dances start at 7:00pm and end at 9:45pm.  Admission to these special dances will be $6 for Greenfield Residents, and $7 for non-residents. 


Monday January 10 - Saguaro Sunset Band - Country Music at its best
Monday January 17 - Needham Twins - By popular request. 
Friday January 21 - Dynamic Duo - Wild Bill & Carol will DJ your popular songs. 
Monday January 24 - Roadrunners - Ron & Carol Sabo play your favorite 50-60-70's


See you there.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Dancing Calendars

I am attempting to setup calendars to show the location of dances by date. 

At the upper left, under Pages,  you will notice Dances in Mesa. This is my first attempt. It will take some time to get it perfected and updated with all the information I have. 

Let me know if you have any suggestions or problems. I am using Google calendars so I am limited in my options. 

Thanks.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Great Night Dancing

A great night at Mesa Regal tonight, danced to the Road Runner Band until 10:30.

This was our first time at Mesa Regal and it was very nice, admission is $13 per couple. The dance floor is probably half the size of Greenfield, so about 4,000 sq ft. It appears to be wood parquet on cement, a little hard but otherwise very good. The dancers were great, a real fun bunch. Of course, it is hard not to have a good time when the Road Runner Band is playing.

This was the most fun we have had dancing in a long time. You can check out the schedule for both Mesa Regal and the Road Runner Band on the left.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Dancing

We were dancing at home last night and thought it would be nice to have some Christmas music to dance to. I looked through my songs and while there are a lot of waltzes I had little else then Rockin Around the Christmas Tree.

After spending some time with our friend Google I found Christmas Ballroom Dance Music by Linda and Roland. A nice mix of social dances. Titles include Silent Night (Waltz), Jingle Bell Rock (Swing), and We Need a Little Christmas (Polka).
Dancetime With Linda & Roland : Christmas Ballroom Dance Music

Roland has passed away but Linda is still going strong. You can check her out on Facebook and MySpace. I purchased this album on Amazon, and it looks like most of theirs are available. It is also available on CDBaby.com as are the others.

I think I will download Dancing Along Route 66 tonight.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Reign-N-Country

If you were not at Venture Out last night you missed a great dancing opportunity. Over half the chairs were empty and the music was great. The more I hear RNC the more I like them. They are playing this evening at the Good Life Resort and if we did not have other plans already, we would be there.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Free Country Dance Lessons

Free lessons at Denim and Diamonds each Sunday night from 6:30-7:30pm.

The lessons are being taught by Wild Bill and Carole. They will be teaching partner, pattern, and mixers.

For more information call (480) 354-7173 or email Bill at wildbilldjdance@hotmail.com

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Friday Night Country

Reign-N-Country will be performing this Friday at Venture Out from 7:30-10:30pm.

Come on out and enjoy a great country band.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Denim and Diamonds

Denim and Diamonds had their grand opening last Friday. We were not able to attend, my dance partner was sick and not able to go. They are located at 7350 E. Main St. in Mesa, between Power and Sossaman in the Sun Valley Plaza.

Check out earlier post and comments at this link.

Also, their website is at http://www.denimanddiamondsmesaaz.com/


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

JohnE’s Cabaret Winter Schedule

The winter schedule for Greenfield Village has been posted. You can view it on the left, or here at this link.

Friday, November 5, 2010

AZ Country USA Closes

AZ Country announced on their Facebook page Wednesday that they have closed down:

"AZ COUNTRY USA To EVERYONE I am sorry to say AZ Country USA is shutting it’s doors…. We would like to thank you for all your business and support."

Read the article in the East Valley Tribune.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Friday Night Dancing

Now that there is no dancing at JohnE's on Fridays we need to find somewhere else to go.

Venture Out is starting their dancing this Friday with Myron Sommerfeld.

Mesa Regal has dances most Friday nights, 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Their calendar is on the left, it appears a little sparse so I am not sure it is every Friday.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Dancing for Halloween

Dancing opportunities with a Halloween theme:

Dance Doctors – Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Come dressed for a chance to win the costume contest. Plus there will be raffles, great refreshments, and just a fun atmosphere for dancing!

Merrymakers – Thursdays, Oct. 28, 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Costume contest.

JohnE’s Cabaret – Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:00pm – 9:30pm. Myron Sommerfeld. Costume contest.

Paragon – Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:00pm – 11:30pm. This is your opportunity to sport your favorite 
Halloween costume or just come dressed as a dancer and they will provide you with a mysterious masquerade mask. Join the fun, bring friends, enjoy a great night of ballroom dancing. Prizes for best costume, food, only $7. Music by DJ Shawn Jessup.

The Resort (1101 S. Ellsworth) – Sunday, Oct. 31, 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Dance to the chilling sounds of The Dynamic Dancing DJ, Bill Spotts.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Venture Out

Next Friday is the last night for Country dancing at JohnE's for the winter. What are we going to do with our Friday nights?

Well, Venture Out RV Resort is starting up their Friday night dances again. The Myron Sommerfeld Orchestra will start off their season on Friday, November 5. They will have a mix of bands from week to week. Between now and the end of the year they will host Myron, the 4-50s (rock-n-roll), DK Orchestra, Reign-N-Country, and Saquaro Sunset.

Venture Out is located at 5001 E. Main Street (map), just east of Greenfield Village.

Check our their schedule here.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Reign-n-Country

RNC will be performing this Saturday at Garfields Sports Bar from 9pm to 1am.

Garfields is located at 10123 E Apache Trail, (just east of Crismon on the south side of Apache)

Denim and Diamonds

A new country nightclub will be opening in East Mesa on Nov 9th. Denim and Diamonds will be at 7350 E. Main St. in Mesa, between Power and Sossaman in the Sun Valley Plaza.

It will be split into two rooms by a garage door, a traditional country bar with a dance floor and DJ on one side and a live music stage on the other.

I have not been able to find out any other information yet, I got most most of this from an article at AZCentral.

Thanks Sharon for sending the heads up on this.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dancin’ Oldies



Even the old folks like to swing!

I made these from a pattern I got from The Winfield Collection. They stand about 5 feet tall.

Speaking of swing, this Friday night at JohnE’s, the Roadrunners are playing. This is a great husband and wife duo that play really hot rock-n-roll.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Desert Drifters

The new schedule for the Desert Drifters has been posted. Check it out.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Saguaro Sunset


Saguaro Sunset was a JohnE's again tonight. This was their last appearance here this season. This is a great band, as I have mentioned before. A great mix of 2 Step, Cha Cha, Waltz, and Swing.

The next gig near us will be at Venture Out on December 10th. Check out their schedule here and on the left.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Reign-N-Country at JohnE's

RNC will be at Greenfield Village tonight from 7-9:45pm. Located on Main Street just east of Greenfield. Come out and enjoy the spacious dance floor, and come out early for the free dance lesson. Tonight's lesson is the Two-Step. Doors open at 6pm, BYOB.

Saturday night RNC will be at the American Legion Post 26 from 6-10pm. Located on 2nd Ave., just west of Country Club, kitchen will be open.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mosaic - Local Country Band


Playing Country and Classic Rock, Mosaic is local band comprised of music professionals that have a great sound. Part of their current schedule is noted below. You can check them out on their Facebook page.

VFW Post 7968
250 S. Phelps Drive
Apache Junction, AZ 85220 3958
480 671 6239

October 8      Friday         6-10
Nov. 11 Veterans Day   Thursday     3-7
Nov. 19      Friday            6-10

American Legion Post 26
505 West 2nd Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85210
480 964-8792 

October 16             6-10
November 13          6-10
December 11          6-10
New Years Eve

Citrus Gardens
4065 East University Drive
Mesa, Arizona 85205

January 6, 2011      7-10     South Hall

Monday, September 27, 2010

Lets Polka

Mary Lou Kaye is hosting a FREE Polka Lesson on Friday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the Pulaski Club, 4331 East McDowell in Phoenix.  The doors to the evening's event open at 6:00 p.m. and  the lesson will start promptly at 7:00 p.m......it will last one hour.

After the lesson, the DJ will play music for your practice and dancing pleasure.  The very reasonably-priced bar will be open the entire time and sometimes there are munchies available. 

On Saturday and Sunday there will be live music by a polka band from Chicago.....you can get the details at the Club.  There is no entry charge on Friday......the evening is entirely FREE.

Also this weekend there will be polka music offered at the Tempe Oktoberfest which runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Details can be found at Tempe.gov
      

Friday, September 24, 2010

NEW Ballroom Dance Lessons at JohnE's Cabaret

Starting this Saturday September 25th, Ballroom dance lessons provided by professional dance instructors from The Dance Doctors.  

Dance lessons are complimentary with paid admission. 

Ballroom lessons will begin at 6:10pm this Saturday the 25th starting with the CHA-CHA, beginners through intermediate.  Each Saturday there will be different lessons. 

The dance begins at 7pm right after the lesson.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

JohnE's Country Nights Ending

JohnE’s Cabaret Dances, held at Greenfield Village RV Resort (111 So. Greenfield Rd., Mesa AZ) has had great country music each Friday night. These are ending for the season October 29th. There is even a of 50’s-60’s dance coming up (with the Roadrunners - a great band).
 
All are great bands and you will not want to miss any of them.
 
Dances begin at 7pm and end at 9:45pm.
 
Here's who's performing:
 
FRIDAY NIGHT -
Sep 24 - Debbie and Double Eagle
Oct 1   - Reign-N-Country
Oct 8  -  Saguaro Sunset
Oct 15 - Desert Drifters
Oct 22 - Roadrunners (50's - 60's)
Oct 29 - Reign-N-Country
(Friday nights end)

Friday Night Lessons at JohnE’s

Friday night Country Line dances lessons continue this Friday the 24th by Dennis and Kaye Murray at 6:15pm.   Be sure to thank Dennis and Kaye as they donate their time, equipment and energy to help others learn how to dance.

Next Friday night, October 1st, the Dance Doctors will provide Two-Step country dance lessons.  These will start at about 6:10pm.  Beginners to intermediate.  Individuals and couples welcome.  

Also coming up on the lesson agenda is Night Club Two Step.  If there is favorable attendance, Johne will ask the Dance Doctors to return. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Road Runner's Season Opener

Tonight was the Road Runner's season opener. It was a great night a JohnE's with about 130 in attendance. The dance floor is really shaping up and the crowd was great. Near the end of the night nearly everyone was dancing.


This is a great band, check out their schedule at their website. They will be back at JohnE's on Oct. 22, don't miss them.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

JohnE’s Saturday Night Dances

JohnE’s Cabaret Dances, held at Greenfield Village RV Resort (111 So. Greenfield Rd., Mesa AZ) has had great ballroom music each Saturday night. 

All are great bands and you will not want to miss any of them.

Dances begin at 7pm and end at 9:45pm.

Here's who's performing:
Saturday night -
 
Sep 11 - Rich Howard Orchestra
Sep 18 - Manuel Dorantes
Sep 25 - Bob Roppolo
Oct 02 - Danny Kealey Band
Oct 09 - Terry McFee Orchestra
Oct 16 - Manual Dorantes
Oct 23 - Rich Howard Orchestra
Oct 30 - Myron Sommerfeld
(Saturday nights continue year round)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

LovinLifeAfter50 Benefit Dance

First annual LovinLifeAfter50 Benefit Dance will be at Mesa Convention Center, Dec 3. Cost is $20 and music by the Marlin Zimmerman Band.

Mark your calendars!

Hosted by LovinLife after 50 and sponsored by Banner MediSun, part proceeds go to AZ Senior Olympics.

Music by Marlin Zimmerman Band, hosted by KOY radio personality, Danny Davis.
Cash bar; hors d'oeuvres available. Swing dance competition, other great prizes and giveaway.

For more info 480-348-0343 x10, or at www.LovinLifeAfter50.com

Thanks Bob.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Mesquite at JohnE's

Mesquite Country Band played at JohnE's Friday night. A good band, they really got into their groove after the break, those that left missed a lot of great music. They did one of the best Mustang Sally's I have heard.

You can see their schedule at here or on the left by clicking on their name.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Party at Dance Doctors

Dance Doctors will be hosting a big dance party on Wednesday, September 1st.  It will be from 7:30-9:30pm.

They will be playing great dance music, giving away prizes, and even teaching a lesson!! 

It is a Disco theme!!! So bust your the bell-bottoms and grab all your friends and boogie on down to Dance Doctors.

More information at www.dancedocs.com.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tom Ryan’s


Nelda McDaniel


I have heard from more than one source that this is a great place to dance. They have live music on Thursdays (Ladies night), Fridays, and Saturdays. Dancing starts at 9:30pm.

They are located at the NW corner of Arizona Ave and Warner in Chandler (map).

I have not been able to find a calendar, I know that Mogollon is playing next Saturday. You can check out their MySpace page here.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Chad Freeman and the Redline Band

They tell it better than I do: 

“Chad Freeman and Redline is a cover band based in the deserts of Arizona. The diversity of these musicians is second-to-none as their mix is almost impossible to classify. With versatility and a broad song list, CF and Redline can adapt to fit nearly any situation. From honky-tonkin to hard-rockin, these guys put on one helluva show!!! “

You can read more about them on their MySpace page or their website at chadfreemanredline.com

Monday, August 9, 2010

50% off Dance Class

Mary Lou Kaye is offering her Basic Social Dance 101 class for only $47.50 for 10 lessons! This is a great deal and a great class. Call 480-491-4942 to register or you can register online at www.tourdedance.net, use the online code septbsd at checkout.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Reign-N-Country

Speaking of Reign-N-Country, check out their latest schedule in the band list on the left. Their music is very upbeat and powerful. Melody has done a great job of putting together an excellent set of musicians. They were really great last night at JohnE's, especially the second half. This is a band you will want to dance to.

Their website is working again and you can check it out at www.reign-n-country.com.

Friday's at JohnE's

Reign-N-Country played at JohnE's last night. A great band, really upbeat country music. After missing three weeks of dancing it was good to be back on the dance floor, tiring but good.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

National Day of Dance

Saturday, July 31st, is the National Day of Dance. The only location I know celebrating is Dance FX Studio. You can see their address on the left under dance locations. 

If you know of any other locations let us know.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Right Place, Wrong Time

First we miss the dance last Saturday night in Kadoka, SD, by a week. Then we were a day early in Gillette, WY, for the Two Step. Last night, in Douglas, WY, we were a week early for the big 80's dance. Will be glad to get back to Mesa and do some dancing.

Maybe we can find something in Ogden, UT this weekend, but I am not counting on it.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Dancing in Missouri

We are on the road so I am not sure how it is going in Mesa, if you have any information drop me a note and I will post it.

Here in Farmington, Missouri, the happening place is Nelson’s Music City. Nelson’s is actually in Knob Lick, but if I told you that you would have no idea how to find it. If you are out this way this coming Friday, drop on it and check out The Horns. Sounds like a good time.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Saguaro Sunset Band

Speaking of Country bands instead of 50's bands...Saguaro Sunset played at JohnE's last night and they were absolutely great. A good mix of slow, fast, two-step, cha-cha, waltz, line, etc. This is a great band. Check out their schedule on the left, or at this link.

We are looking forward to their return to JohnE's.

JohnE's Cabaret Schedule

Johne has tweek the Friday night schedule. There are now less 50's bands and more country. Check out the new schedule at the link on the left, or click here.

AZ Country

A new venue for dancing in the East Valley. AZ Country had their grand opening July 9th. A Country themed Steak House, Sports bar, and Music venue, they are located at 1300 S. Country Club, the southwest corner of Southern and Country Club, (map).

There is an 11,000 square foot dance floor behind the restaurant and bar.

If you were there last night, let us know how it went.

Their website is www.azcountryusa.com, not much posted there yet, but it just opened.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Dance Doctors

Saturday night was a Pot Luck party at the new Dance Doctors in Gilbert. Located just east of Gilbert on the south side of Warner Road. We were late for the Merengue dance lesson but it look liked everyone on the floor was having a great time.

Music was prerecorded and the playlist very nice. Since JohnE’s was closed this weekend for floor refurbishing a lot of John’s regulars were here.  Significantly smaller than the floor at Greenfield Village, it got a little crowded at times, but not bad. Overall, a nice smaller dance venue.

They will be having the Gilbert Grand Opening soon, I have forgotten the date, but when I find out I will post it. It is not on their website yet. You can check out their calendar here.

The also have an online jukebox at their site, I really like the idea but the execution needs some work. Clicking the Back to Jukebox link takes you back to the homepage instead of the jukebox. Your playlist is created at http://www.playlist.com/ and you have to create a profile that includes your birthday. I am not really wild about that, but it is your choice how you handle it. I did not find a way to go to the newly created playlist directly from the site, but clicking on Create Your Free Playlist takes you to Playlist.com.

Nice place, we will be back.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Independence Day Pot Luck Party



Check out their website at www.dancedocs.com. They are located on Warner, just east of Gilbert Road. (map)

Dance Floor Resurfacing

The dance floor is being resurfaced this week at Greenfield Village. That means no JohnE's either Friday or Saturday. The floor should be ready by next Friday, July 9th. See you then.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Exit 40 Band

A lot of folks missed a good time at JohnE's Cabaret Friday night, the crowd was smaller then usual but the band was great.

You missed a great Country and Old Time Rock-n-Roll band. Jay Farris has put together a very good 4 piece band that has a great sound. The name, Exit 40, appears to refer to the age of the musicians and not the freeway....but they still have their stuff.

You can check them out at their website www.exit40band.com
 

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Great Dancing at JohnE’s


Summer is here and there is a lot of room on the floor at JohnE’s both Fridays and Saturdays. Here is the line up for the next couple of weeks:

FRIDAY NIGHT - Country & 50's-60's:

June 25 - EXIT 40 (Country with 50's)
July 2    - CLOSED for Floor Maintenance
July 9    - Saguaro Sunset - C
July 16  - Reign-N-Country - C
July 23  - TBD
July 30  - Saguaro Sunset - C
Aug  6   - Reign-N-Country –C

SATURDAY NIGHT - Ballroom:

June 26 - Mike Corollo
July 3    - CLOSED for Floor Maintenance
July 10  - Danny Kealey Band
July 17  - Rich Howard Orchestra
July 24  - Terry McFee Orchestra
July 31  - Manuel Dorantes
August 7 - Danny Kealey Orchestra

JohnE’s is located Greenfield Village RV Resort located in Mesa just East of Greenfield Road and Main Street.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

9 to 90, Great Night at JohnE's

Bob Roppolo played a great set last night at JohnE's. He even had guest performers assisting him for a few songs. There were only 120 folks in attendance, ranging from young nine years to over 90.

If you are looking for a great place to dance on Saturday nights you need to check out JohnE's in Greenfield Village. The schedule and directions are posted in the left column. With only 120 dancers, that is 60 couples, there is a lot of room on the floor.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Shoes Getting Dusty

With my partner laid up with a pulled back muscle, not much dancing has been happening. We did get to dance a couple of nice slow dances at a reception this last Thursday, but that is it. We did  not take the chance of re-injuring her back this weekend.

Hopefully this coming week will be better. I have been going over the notes from our classes and we need to go over each and make sure we remember them all. I never realized that retirement would be so busy.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dancing in Payson

We spent the weekend in Payson and did not dance. The only thing we could find was a small dance floor at Tiny’s Family Restaurant from 6 to 9pm on Friday night. There is a live performer there doing 50’s & 60’s music but we did not make it over there.

A weekend without dancing seems really weird and sort of empty.

Dance Classes

Mary Lou Kaye is offering another set of dance classes beginning July 5th. You can see the list here or see her listing under Dance Lessons on the left.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Rich Howard

The Rich Howard Orchestra played at JohnE’s last night. Good music as always. 160 folks dancing, with over $20,300 now donated to charity.

With that many people it is getting a little warm on the floor. Hopefully when they refinish the floors in July they also do something about the air conditioning.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Danny Kealey Orchestra

The Danny Kealey (D.K.) Orchestra were hot tonight and had a great crowd at JohnE's.

This is a six piece orchestra that plays a wide range of music. To quote from their website:

"The band’s musical program includes songs from the 1920’s all the way through the 1980’s, specializing in music for dancing and listening from all eras and styles.  Included in this music are Swing, Fox Trot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Tango, Samba, Mambo, Waltz, Polka, and light Rock and Roll." 

Check out their website at www.dkorchestra.com.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Roadrunners at JohnE’s

If you don’t want to come to the party at the “Y” there is always JohnE’s Cabaret. The Roadrunners will be back. They played on April 17th and were great. It is a real struggle deciding which to go to, I really liked this band.

This will be the last time they play before going back to cooler climes.

Dance Party at the “Y”

Dance party at the Tempe YMCA on Friday. Don’t worry about calling Mary Lou, just show up!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Fatcat Ballroom and Dance Company

I have not checked these folks out but they look interesting. It is on Thunderbird, so it is a little out of the way from Mesa.

They do have group lessons followed by open dancing on Fridays and Saturdays. What I found most interesting is that the video the lesson each night and put it on their website so you can review it. Very nice.

You can check out their calendar here and their videos at this link.

They are also listed on the left side of the blog.

If you have any experience with the Fatcats let us know.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Saturday at JohnE's

Another great evening dancing at JohnE's Cabaret. The Terry McFee Orchestra were especially good this evening. They seem to have added an instrument, or two, to their orchestra and it has really filled out their sound. 

Of course, any evening dancing is a great evening.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Polka at Pulaski

Just back from the Pulaski Club. It was great to dance and talk with friends. We do need to practice the Polka a little more often, pretty rusty.

We had to leave earlier then planned when the band, that will be playing this weekend, decided to play with 4 of their 6 members. The music was so loud that I could not hear myself think and Denise had a pounding headache. Sheesh, I am having to yell at her to get her attention.

We have never been there when a band played before, and may not do it again. It is a great place with the sound system and canned music, but ….

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Time to Polka

Join us this Friday night at the Pulaski Club, 4331 E. McDowell in Phoenix. (map)

Doors open at 6:00pm and there will be a free Polka lesson at 7:00pm. Light munchies will be available and the open bar is very reasonable.

Polka is a fun dance and everyone has a great time. Bring your friends and join in on the fun. Dancing will go until closing.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Bustin Loose Band

At JohnE's last night the Chauffers were not there but were replaced by Bustin Loose. Admittedly I was not too happy, I had come to dance to Rock-n-Roll, not  Country.

With that said, this band is very good. Yes, Bustin Loose is a country band, they describe themselves as Country Music with a Kick!  They did play country, especially during the first set, but after the break they let their hair down and started to rock. Great music.

This is a good band and I hope Johne can get them back. I have posted their May schedule under Band Schedules. Hopefully, Shari, lead vocalist, can get her new Facebook site up and we will know where they are.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rock-n-Roll at JohnE's

This Friday the Chauffeurs will be playing at JohnE's at Greenfield Village.

Come have a great night this Friday from 7 to 9:45pm.

See you there.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Desert Drifters

Another great night an JohnE's. Tonight the Desert Drifters played great country music. The floor was crowded for almost every dance and during the line dances the dancers took most of the room! Which left us non-line dancers crowded in the back. Guess it is time to learn the slide.

There were over 190 in attendance and the Timeless Tempe Tappers entertained us during intermission.

I have posted the Desert Drifter's schedule under Band Schedules if you want to check them out. They will be back at JohnE's on June 4th.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

That KOOL Band – Awesome

That Kool Band is not just cool, they are absolutely awesome. They played the Broadway Palms this evening and were fantastic. I have not been that close to a drum set during Wipeout in over 40 years, it felt great. They added Lindsey Hendley for a few vocals and she did a superb job and rounded out the set nicely. During some of the songs the crowd was almost rowdy the music was so good.

Broadway Palms as a venue is questionable, the seating and acoustics were great, but the dance floor was sub-par, and the service was poor (but that is for a  different blog). They had setup a 12 x 15 foot portable floor in the back but it was sticky even with my shoes off and just socks. It is badly in need of a good cleaning and some wax.  We danced during the first set but did not during the second, we set a row back from the band and just enjoyed the music.

I am trying to get their schedule and when I do I will post it. For now, you can check out their website at http://www.thatkoolband.com/.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Traffic Issues

If you plan on dancing at JohnE's this coming weekend and generally use Southern and Greenfield, use an alternative route. The intersection will be closed from 8pm Friday to 5am Monday.



Sunday, April 18, 2010

Country Dance Lessons at JohnE's

Before each Friday night's dance at JohnE's there is a line dancing lesson. The lessons start at 6pm and are different each week. The schedule I got this last Friday is:

April 16 - Cruision - a Cha-Cha line dance that is loads of fun
April 23 - Triple J - a West Coast Swing line dance that is easy & fun
April 30 - Review of all dances taught in April, which include:
  • The Electric Slide
  • Cowboy Charleston
  • Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown
  • Waltz Across Texas
  • Cruising
  • Triple J
May 6 - Patterned Partner Dancing, the teacher will be Anna Crews-Smith

Sounds like a lot of fun. Don't forget to check the dancing schedules listed on the left sidebar.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Road Runner Band

Pure Rock-n-Roll. They were absolutely fantastic last night at JohnE's. I am not sure how Ron does it but I could have sworn I heard more then one guitar last night. This is a three member band, Ron on guitar and keyboard, Carol on bass, and George, the little black box on drums.

Unfortunately for us, they leave the valley for the cooler country during the summer. They will be playing at JohnE's one more time before they leave, on May 14th. They reappear at JohnE's on Sept 17th.

If you like Rock-n-Roll, with the occasionally waltz and cha-cha thrown in, don't miss this band. This is a band that I would actually follow around town, they are that good.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

That KOOL Band

"That Kool Band" is playing at the Broadway Palms on April 21st 

Do you miss those great classic songs of the 50's, 60's and 70's? Do you enjoy live music? Then you will LOVE the great harmonies, flashy guitar work and danceable fun of THAT KOOL BAND! This rock 'n' roll concert features an incredible selection of rock music's greatest hits!

You can join us and make reservations at their Broadway Palms. For more information on the band check out their website at www.thatkoolband.com.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

East Coast Swing Class

Well, class started last night. It was good to be dancing again. For some reason it is hard to practice everyday  when there is no class. 

Monday, April 12, 2010

Free Dance Lessons and Events Coming Up

From Mary Lou Kaye:


There are three FREE Dance Lessons coming up.  Two of the happenings include FREE music for general dancing.  Why not come out and have some fun?  They are open to all......the only requirement is that the participants are looking for a good.........make that a GREAT time.

TUESDAY, April 20, 2010 ~ 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Gilbert Community Center
130 North Oak    Gilbert, AZ
Off of Gilbert and Elliot
FREE Basic Social Dance Lesson

FRIDAY, April 23, 2010 ~ 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Gilbert Community Center
130 North Oak    Gilbert, AZ

Off of Gilbert and Elliot
FREE Country/Western Line Dance Lesson (6 to 7)
C/W music for your dancing pleasure (7 to 8)

FRIDAY, May 7, 2010
Pulaski Club
4331 East McDowell     Phoenix, AZ
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
FREE Polka Dance Lesson (7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Dancing to variety of music from 8:00 p.m. to close
Open bar (very reasonable pricing) and food available

Hope to see you at one or all of these events.  Bring your family, friends and enemies. :-)

See you on the dance floor!

Mary Lou Kaye

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rich Howard at JohnE's

The Rich Howard Orchestra was great list night at JohnE's. Unforutnately we got there late and missed the slow polka, slow is my kind of polka. Rich does a nice selection of music and plays fox trots we can actually fox trot to. His WCS was great.

With the new times, we need to rearrange our schedules so we get there earlier, it felt strange having the dance finish at 9:45. It felt kind of "unfinished", it is going to take some getting used to.

But all-in-all a great evening, what can be nicer then ending an evening dancing with a beautiful partner.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Dance Classes

Mary Lou Kaye is starting a new set of classes beginning the week of April 12th. Check out her schedule of classes and locations at this link.

The East Coast Swing class should be very interesting, that is the one you will find my two left feet in.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Friday's Are Back At JohnE's Cabaret

Last night was the opening night of Friday night dancing at Greenfield Village Resort. Johne Klamm has a great list of bands that will be playing this year. Fridays will be Country and 50's & 60's nights. Last night we danced to Reign-N-Country, what a great band. Good, strong vocals and great musicians.

The dance floor at Greenfield is excellent. Last night it was especially nice because there were less dancers then usual, somewhere around 125. So you had plenty of room to shake it.

This year the dance times have changed to 7:00pm to 9:45pm, with one 20 minute break, and at $8 per person it is a great bargain for the quality of bands and the venue.


Why Dance?

A lot of people, especially of the husband variety don’t like to dance. I attribute this to the lack of experience. Most of us have never had any real dancing experience other then gyrating on the dance floor like possessed demons from Tasmania.

Why do you want to dance? Well…

Dancing is more effective, and cheaper, then marriage counseling. Think about it, what are you doing when you dance?
  • You have to touch each other
  • You have to look into each other’s eyes
  • You have to cooperate
  • You need to be patient with one another
  • You have to touch each other
  • You (the male) need to learn to lead
  • You (the female) need to learn to follow
  • You need to learn to block distractions so you can concentrate on your partner
  • You need to trust your partner to be where they need to be when they need to be there
  • You need to learn to connect with each other
  • Did I mention you have to touch?
What does all this mean? YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO COMMUNICATE!

And in the process you get to have fun. When was the last time you asked your spouse, let’s have some fun and go to marriage counseling this weekend? Dancing is a lot more fun!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Dancing Information

The best way for us to know where to dance is to share information. So, if you know of a place to dance, a great band, or a good place for lessons that is not listed here, leave a comment to this post. I will move it to the appropriate category.

Have fun and we'll see you on the dance floor!