Saturday, December 31, 2011

Dance FX Studios

The Dance FX Studios in Mesa are a strictly social dance studio (no competitions or showcases). They encourage their students and AZ residents to come out and learn how to become confident social dancers on a crowded floor with live music.

They host parties every month or so and feature local bands of all genres including Salsa, Swing, Argentine Tango each time. Check them out at Click on the Dance Events picture on the right for an Event calendar.

I have heard good things about Dance FX, give them a try.

Where to go tonight?

If you are not sure where to go tonight check out the Reign-N-Country at the VFW at Phelps Dr, in Apache Junction behind the Pizza Hut.  The VFW is opening the doors to the public after 8:00 for only $5. 

This is a great dance band, so if you have a chance stop by.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Check out Sylvia's Arizona Dance Band. They are a 2-piece to 4 piece, depending on the venue.

They play some country, favorite rock numbers, some big band,  polka, and of course old time waltzes.

You can check out their schedule under Band Scheduled on the left or at this link.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dancing Opportunities

My beautiful dancing partner has been out of commission for most of the month of December and will be for another six to eight weeks. Consequently, we have not been to any of the dances this month and probably will not be on the floor again until March.

We really miss it and are looking forward to getting back.

This whole thing has put a big dent in my collecting dance information. If you know of any band schedules or venue calendars that I don't have published please let me know so we can get them posted.

Have a great time dancing!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Early Bird Discount - Dance Lessons

Basic Social Dance Lessons

To all Dancers and Wannabe Dancers,
Register for the Winter Dance Session which begins the week of January 9, 2012 and save yourself $15 per person off the tuition of $110 per person.  To qualify for the discounted rate, you simply have to call me by January 3rd and tell me which class you would like to join.
Traditionally we've had more lead time but as you already know from previous e-mails recently, it's been an extremely busy time getting the new website up and running before the New Year.  Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

If you have more questions, visit the new website at or you can give me at call at 480.491.4942.
Participants in Last Session
If you refer some new Level 1 students, be sure to tell them to give me your name as their source of information.  That will add another $5 to your Dancing clarify, each new person providing me with your name adds $5.00 to your discount.  Level 1 classes are BSD 101, new Dancing Divas and Salsa.
Thanks, everyone......hope you can ALL dance with me........what a hoot that would be !!!
Don't forget,  call me to register.  Don't Delay – Do It Today!

Mary Lou

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Myron Sommerfeld

Myron Sommerfeld played at Greenfield tonight to a large crowd. His music was as great as ever, good to have him back in the valley.

His Arizona schedule has been posted to the Band Calendar.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Venture Out

Venture Out's dance schedule has been added to the calendar. This is a great venue with a wonderful floor.

Venture out is located at 5001 E. Main St, in Mesa. They are just west of Higley on the south side of Main.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

New Calendar

I have started a new calendar, Band Schedules, in an attempt to track where our favorite bands are playing. It will take me a couple of days to get it populated with the band schedules I have. If you know of any others please let me know.

Happy Dancing!

Two Amigos at Greenfield tonight!

Saturday -October 29th   "Michael and Manuel" will be performing at Greenield Village in Mesa.

Friday, October 21, 2011

JohnE's Cabaret (Greenfield Village)

JohnE's new winter schedule has been posted under Dancing Schedules on the left. The bands have also been posted to the calendar.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dance for Free

Dance to the up tempo country music of The Unwound Band from Yuma, AZ.

Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 10:00am to ???

Farnsworth Hall
6159 E. University
Mesa, AZ

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Come Dancin'

Lovin’ Life After 50 has been hosting expos for more than 23 years an will have a Health & Wellness Expo & Dance on Thursday, October 20 at the Mesa Convention Center. The Mesa Convention Center is located at 201 N. Center Street – Mesa, AZ 85201. The event is being sponsored by the Banner MediSun Health Plan.
Music at the Dance will be provided by the Rich Howard Orchestra and all dance proceeds will go to the Arizona Senior Olympics. 
The Expo starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. The dance will follow the expo from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Admission to the dance is $8 and will be available at the door beginning at 9 a.m.

The Expo will feature more than 50 vendors offering a variety of interesting products and information related to your health. 
If you would like to find out more about this great event, please call Rochelle Vande Wiele at Lovin’ Life After 50. She can be reached at 480-348-0343 ext. 401. 

This event is expected to sell out, so get your tickets soon!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Bob Ropollo

For those of us who enjoyed Bob's great music and JohnE's a few weeks ago, he is returning to JohnE's Cabaret at Greenfield Village tomorrow night.

Come out and enjoy a night of great music.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Greenfield Village Dance Floor

Missed a lot of folks at Greenfield last night. If you were not there you missed a great band,the  Desert Drifters.

The new floor is very nice and it will be great once we get a couple of hundred pairs of leather shoes on it. So come out and enjoy yourselves and get your shoes back in shape.

Tonight is Rich Howard and next week it is Bustin Loose on Friday and Mike Corollo on Saturday.

See you there.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

JohnE's Cabaret back at Greenfield Village

JohnE's returns to Greenfield Village this week. Come out tomorrow night and enjoy the Desert Drifters.

On Saturday, Rich Howard will be providing music for a great evening of dancing.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Desert Drifters

The Desert Drifters' new schedule has been posted. Check it out under Band Schedules on the left.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Let's Dance Band

The schedule for the Let's Dance Band had been added to the Band Schedule list on the left.

Check them out.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Bob Ropollo

Bob Ropollo's schedule has been posted to the site. You can check it out under Band Schedules on the left.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

JohnE's Cabaret at Towerpoint

Friday and Saturday's dances at Towerpoint were very successful. The bands were great, Desert Drifters on Friday and Bob Ropollo on Saturday. Plenty of room to dance. 

Come join us next week for Debbie and Double Eagles on Friday, and Rich Howard on Saturday.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Johne's Cabaret Temporarily Moving to Towerpoint

JohnE's Cabaret, which is normally held at Greenfield Village RV Resort, will be temporarily moving to TOWERPOINT RV RESORT effective August 19, 2011.   JohnE's will be at Towerpoint the remainder of August and is planning on returning to Greenfield on Friday, Septermber 2nd.

Towerpoint is located at 4860 E. Main St. on the north side of main. It is just east of 48th Street. Click here for a map.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bustin' Loose Band

Got the chance to dance to Bustin' Loose again last night. This is a great band. I have not been able to find an online listing of their shows, so if any of you know where I can locate them let me know, I would love to add them to the site.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

AZ Diamond at Broadway Palms

AZ Diamond will be performing at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater on July 26th. This is a fun band and if you like Neil Diamond you will love this.

Below is a great article from the AZ Republic.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

JohnE's Cabaret Closed July 1st & 2nd

JohnE's (Greenfield Village) will be closed this weekend for floor refurbishing.

Don't miss Debbie and Double Eagles on Friday, July 8th, and Danny Kealey on Saturday, July 9th.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

John'e Cabaret Reaches $25,000 Goal

Note from Johne:

To all Dancers, Bands and Donators....

We will have a special event this Saturday June 25th at about 8:15pm at Greenfield Village RV Resort to give $4,000 ($2,000 each) to Sunshine Acres Children's Home and the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL - no-kill shelter).  Rich Howard, along with Brad and John, will play for us.  A fantastic trio.

This totals $25,000.00!!!  -  that all the dancers have donated.  WOW!!

One of our dance couples, Eugene & Iona (been married for 58 years), will bake and donate a carrot cake for this special event.  Iona is retiring from the baking business and thought this would be a wonderful donation (and by the way... is looking to pass her baking business on to someone else, a great opportunity for anyone looking to get into baking).

Carol Whitworth from Sunshine Acres and  Monika Sperke from AAWL will attend to receive the donations.  We have so many dancers, band members, and others that have donated to the charities....from $1 to $1,000.  Thank you soooooo much!

Our next goal is $30,000.  And we are already on our way to reach that goal.


Reign-N-Country will be performing this Friday night at JohnE's Cabaret (Greenfield Village Resort) from 7:00pm to 9:45pm. This is a great band, be there for a great evening of dancing and music.

On Saturday they will be at the VFW in Apache Junction from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. It is located on Phelps Drive, behind Pizza Hut.

Monday, June 20, 2011

RMMC Dance Classes

The Red Mountain Multigenerational Center (RMMC) is offering dance classes. Below is a bulletin I received from them.

Even if you don’t “think you can dance”…dance is one of the most fun ways to participate in exercise, expression and physical fitness.  The RMMC has some great dance programs offered by independent contractors, for you or your child!

Ages 3-5    Princess Dance                    10:00am and 11:00am
Ages 13+    Hip Hop for Teens/Adults       7:15pm 

Ages 3-4    Tiny Tumblers                      4:00pm
Ages 4-6    Dainty Dancers Combo         5:00pm
Ages 3-4    Fairytale Dancers                 6:00pm
Ages 12+    Belly Dance Beg                  7:00pm
Ages 16+    Dance Sampler                    7:00pm

Ages 3-4    Fairytale Dancers                  9:00am
Ages 4-6    Dainty Dancers Combo         10:00am
Ages 3-5    Teddy Bear Tappers             11:00am
Ages 3-4    Tiny Tumblers                      12:00pm

You need a Household ID and password to register.  Please call the Registration Desk at 480-644-4271 (Mon-Thurs) or fill out the online form at  Browse the online brochure and jump quickly to these classes by using the keyword “DANCE” in your search! 

Want to take an adult dance class?  Don’t forget, that the RMMC Kids Club is open from 4pm-8pm Mon-Fri for kids 6mo-7yrs, and the climbing wall is open until 8:00pm Mon-Thur.  Standard RMMC visit fees apply.  Our visit fees are listed on the website at  

Have more questions?  Call the at RMMC:  480-644-4800.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bring Me Sunshine

Doug from the Four Fiftes sent this out to help scratch our jitterbug itch. I don’t know about you, but it just makes me want more.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mobile Devices

I have just optimized this blog for viewing on mobile devices. It looks really good on the Droid.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

JohnE's Cabaret

Johne has updated the schedule for the rest of the summer. Check out the schedule on the left or on the Calendar. 

The major changes are that Mosaic will not be playing again this summer and that Myron Sommerfield will not be playing on Oct. 29, Rich Howard will play that night.

See you on the dance floor.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Great Balls of Fire Lets Waltz Across Texas

Saguaro Sunset was hot at JohnE's tonight!

Anytime you can dance to Great Balls of Fire and have the next dance be Waltz Across Texas it has to be a great night.

Saguaro Sunset was hotter then the Arizona sun tonight. Those of you that missed it make sure you are here on July 15th, when they return.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Dancing Last Saturday

Went to JohnE's (Greenfield Village) this past Saturday. It has been a while since we have been to a "Social" dance. The Rich Howard Orchestra was playing and they did their usual great job. 

But boy, is my Tango rusty...

and my Polka was none existent...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Debbie and Double Eagles

A lot of people missed a great night at JohnE's (Greenfield Village) this evening. Debbie and Double Eagles played a great set. This band has become very good and shouldn't be missed.

You can check out their website at

They will be back at JohnE's on July 8th, don't miss it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dance Party!

At the Tempe YMCA (7070 S. Rural Rd, Tempe), this Friday night. It will be from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, and will be $7.50 per person. There will be dance lessons and snacks. Bring your favorite soft drink if you would like.

Proceeds will be donated to the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

This event is in lieu of the YMCA Spring Fling that was scheduled for this Friday night. Unfortunately that event has been cancelled but we are going to dance anyway!

See you Friday night.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Saguaro Sunset

If you were not at JohnE’s Cabaret (Greenfield Village) tonight you missed a great set by Saguaro Sunset.

Even if you don’t want to dance, these guys are worth the price of admission to just sit and enjoy the music. They will be back at JohnE’s on June 10th, check your calendars and join us for a great evening of music and dance.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Social Latin Dancing with Steve Conrad

Learn the basics and more of some exciting and romantic dances at Plaza de Anaya. They will be covering Salsa, Merengue, American Tango, Cha-Cha, Mambo, Rumba, and even the Waltz.

This class that will prepare you for social dancing with a partner, not competition. No partner is needed for the classes.

Check out their website for more information.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dancing in Regina

For our winter friends who live in the Regina, Saskatchewan area check out Dancin' Regina

Bob has setup a great site with lots of good dancing information.

I wish we had that much dancing going on in the summer!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sun Life Vacation Resort Schedule

Sun Life's schedule for the winter has been posted to the dancing calendar.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Desert Drifters

The Desert Drifters were great last night at Greenfield. Their 2011 schedule is now posted.

Take a look!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Friday Night Country Dancing @ Greenfield

Reminder from Johne:

COUNTRY FRIDAY NIGHT dances begin tonight, April 1st.
(and this is no April fools joke)

Saguaro Sunset starts us off tonight.  Doors open at 6:00pm.

4-1-11  Saguaro Sunset Band
4-8-11  Reign-N-Country
4-15-11 Desert Drifters
4-22-11 Bustin Loose Band
4-29-11 Mosaic Band
5-6-11   Country Soul
5-13-11 Saguaro Sunset Band
5-20-11 Mosaic
5-27-11 Debbie and Double Eagle

Starting at 6:15pm, we will have country line dance lessons with Dennis and Kaye.  We THANK Dennis and Kaye for their volunteer teaching and for helping many Mesa dancers learn line dances and even some partner pattern dances.  Dance lessons are included in admission to the dance. 

Wild Bill & Carol have volunteered to teach country 2-step...on one special night only....April 15th.  Mark your calendars now.  

New this year is MOSAIC and BUSTIN LOOSE.  Both play for the American Legion and VFW's....let me know what you think.   AND, we have COUNTRY SOUL back this year by popular request!!

Get your dancing shoes we are very fortunate to have a dance every Friday (April through October, except July 4th weekend) for the 2011 Summer. 

We appreciate everyone who supports and makes this dance happen. 

Johne & Jacquie Klamm
Johne's Cabaret Dances LLC.
480-709-4998  (10am-10pm please, retired but still not an early bird!!!!)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dancing this Weekend

Dancing this weekend in the East Valley.

Friday, April 1st
Saguaro Sunset - Greenfield Village, 7-9:45PM
RoadRunner - Venture Out, 7:30-10:30pm
Needham Twins - Val Vista Village, 7-10pm
Chad Freeman and Redline - Salt Senorita, 7pm

Saturday, April 2nd
Myron Sommerfeld - Greenfield Village, 7-9:45pm
Exit 40 - Good Life Resort, 7-10pm

If you know of others let use know.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Calendar Updates

The Friday and Saturday schedules for JohnE's Cabaret at Greenfield Village have been posted to the calendar. The schedule goes through the end of October.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Special Love Show and Dance

Special notice from John:

Dance Doctors LLC and Johne's Cabaret Dances LLC will sponsor a LOVE SHOW (Dance Docs students) with non-stop entertainment from 7pm to 8:30pm, and a DANCE from 8:30-10:30pm with Manuel Dorantes playing your favorite songs.  This will be held at the Viewpoint RV Resot on Wednesday, March 16th.

Admission is $10 per person.  There is no BYOB for this event.  Viewpoint will provide beer, wine, pop/soda, and mixed drinks.  Please do not bring in any alcohol to this event, as we would have to confiscate it and use it to throw a party afterwards (ha...just kidding...)

Tickets are available at the door, or may be purchased at Johne's Cabaret Dances on Saturday Night, or on-line from the Dance Doctors Web site:  

25% of proceeds will be donated to two charities;  Sunshine Acres Children's Home and the Arizona Animal Welfare League (no-kill shelter).   

We have raised $23,500 for these two charities..... and our goal is to reach $25,000.    

To help this along, we will have all of the Dance Docs instructors, among any other volunteer, available to dance for a charity contribution of $3 or $5 (one or two songs).   100% of these proceeds will go toward our new goal of $25,000.00.  So please reserve a dance or two from one of your favorite stars of the show.... or if your spouse is your favorite, dance with them in the name of charity.   We will have a dance board of 9 sets, two songs in each set, (Foxtrot, Waltz, Foxtrot, Latin, Polka, Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Foxtrot).  Many of you already contribute so much to these charities......thank you!  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Reign-N-Country will be performing this Friday at the Roadhaven Resort (1000 S. Idaho Rd.) in Apache Junction from 7:30 to 10:30pm.

Saturday they will be at Val Vista Village (233 N. Val Vista Dr.) in Mesa from 7:00 to 10:00pm.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

That Kool Band

The schedule for That Kool Band has been posted.

Check them out, a great band, and a lot of fun.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Country Dancing is Back at JohnE's

Beginning Friday, April 1st, with Saquaro Sunset, Country dancing returns to JohnE's at Greenfield Village.

The new schedule is posted on the left under Dancing Schedules.

It will be nice to be able to 2 Step on their wonderful floating maple floor again.

See you there.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Reign-N-Country will be performing this Wednesday night at the Superstition Sunrise Resort on Meridian just south of Broadway (702 S. Meridian) from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, BYOB. 

This Saturday they will be at the Good Life Resort on Main St. just west of Val Vista (3403 E. Main St) from 7:00pm to 10:00p, BYOB.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Dance Lessons

Mary Lou Kaye's spring schedule is now available. Click here to check it out.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Venture Out

Just got back from Venture Out after a great evening dancing to the Roadrunners.  

I watched about 50 people dance the Electric Slide to Honky Tonk Woman. I wonder what Mick would say... 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Towerpoint Resort

Danced to Reign-N-Country this evening at Towerpoint Resort. 

A great band and a real fun crowd.

Towerpoint's schedule has been posted to the calendar.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Country Dancing this Weekend

If you are looking for a place to do the two-step this weekend here are a couple of choices:

Debbie and the Double Eagles

Friday, Feb. 18
Silver Ridge Resort
8265 E. Southern Ave., Mesa
7:00 - 10:00pm

Saturday, Feb. 19
Sunrise Vista RV Resort
300 S. Val Vista, Mesa
5:00 - 8:00pm


Friday, Feb 18
Towerpoint Resort
4860 E. Main, Mesa
7:00 - 10:00pm

Saturday, Feb 19
Park Place
306 S. Recker, Mesa
7:00 - 10:00pm

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


The dance schedule for the Aztec RV Resort has been added to the calendar. Also, the schedule for the Mesquite Band has been updated.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Day the Music Died

In 1959, on Feb. 3, 52 years ago, a plane carrying rock-and-roll legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P "The Big Bopper" Richardson crashed in a a cornfield in Iowa, killing all three and the pilot.

Peggy Sue, let’s dance!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Reign-N-Country will be performing this Thursday, Feb. 3rd, at Sunlife Resort from 7 to 10pm.

On Saturday night they will be at the American Legion Post 26 from 6-10pm, located on in downtown Mesa on 2nd Ave., west of Country Club.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Music in the Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden will host Big Nick and the Gila Monsters and The Grove Merchant Horns on Feb 20, from 12 to 2pm. Cost is $21 for the public and $15 for members.

This year the AZ Lindy Hop Society will be offering a complimentary dance lesson.

Check out the details at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Greenfield Village Monday Dances

Just left Greenfield Village after spending a wonderful evening dancing to the Road Runner Band. We had a lot of dancers and a great time.

These Monday night dances at Greenfield have been great. Tonight, unfortunately, was the last one. Hopefully the powers-that-be have found them successful and will bring them back soon.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Monday Night at Greenfield

We missed last night at Greenfield, Saguaro Sunset was playing. We even had our shoes in the truck, but life got in the way and we never made it over. Did any of you make it? How was the turn out?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sun Life Resort

The schedule for Sun Life Vacation Resort has been added to the calendar. Check out their Thursday dances.