Sunday, December 22, 2013

Just Us Two

A new band to our area, originally from Montana. Jim and Sue are playing around the Mesa and Apache Junction area. Their website is at

I just posted their March events to the Band Calendar. If you get a chance, check them out.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dance Lessons - Special Christmas Offer

A Season of Giving .....


*** It Lasts a Lifetime ***

Gift Certificates for Basic Social Dance

Special Offer:

Double your buying power for January enrollment.  Purchase a $25 Gift Certificate and get $50 worth of instruction in group or private classes.  Get a $50 Gift Certificate and get $100 value ... life is about choices. Limit of one Gift Certificate per student.
Give a gift that provides social confidence, exercise and FUN forever!

Offer applies on purchases between December 18 and 24!
Click here for schedule.   Register online or call 480.491.4942.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New Lesson Opportunity

From Mary Lou Kaye:

We're looking for about 6 or more fun-loving people to join our group Basic Social Dance 101 class that is forming at Mesa Spirit RV Resort beginning Monday, November 18, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in the activity hall.  The address of the facility is 3020 East Main Street, Mesa   85213.  This is a new program offered by Mesa Spirit and we'd like to get it off to a rousing start.  We need a few more people so that the special low introductory rate for group classes can be put into effect ..... the minimum number of participants to qualify for a group rate is 12.

The activity hall has a lovely dance floor which will make your dancing feet very happy.  The intro rate of only $80 makes this a very attractive option to jump start your dancing journey.  Don't forget, all those holiday parties are just around the corner.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Country Lessons

Wild Bill and Carol will start teaching at Mesa Spirit RV, 3020 E. Main St, every Wednesday beginning November 20. Classes will be from 6 to 7pm. Cost will only be $5 per person, partners preferred.

They will be instructing in Rhythm (Arizona) 2-Step from Nov 20 to Dec 18.

They will also be teaching Waltz, Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, and Shuffles.

For more information, give them a call at 480-354-7173 or 480-747-7120.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday Night Updates

Dancing is picking up in the East Valley. Just posted the Friday night schedules for both Venture Out and Mesa Spirit RV. Check the out on the Dance Calendar.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Free Dance Class

Mary Lou Kaye, Learn Social Dancing, is offering a free class on October 15. 

They will meet on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the Dance Studio (Room A6) at the Cottonwood Country Club, 25630 Brentwood Drive, Chandler, AZ 85248.

To reserve your space in the class contact her by email or phone: or 480.491.4946

Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors.  They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness and you’ll have fun sharing the fun experience with them.

You can get more information on her website.

Line Dance Lessons

As of this past Tuesday, Farnworth Hall is holding Line Dance lessons from 6 to 7pm, with open dancing from 7 to 9pm. Music will be provided by Dakota Kid.

Dancing will continue through March 25th, check the schedule for blocked dates.

Admisssion is $5 per person.

Farnsworth Hall is located at 6159 E. University Drive, Mesa, 85205. (see map)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Benefit for Randy Wade

As you may have heard, Randy Wade of Reign-N-Country, has suffered a stroke and is currently unable to perform with the band. There will be a benefit for him and his family on Sunday, November 3rd, at Towerpoint RV Resort.

The benefit is being hosted by several bands and friends. Please join us for an enjoyable afternoon of music, dancing, fun, raffles, auctions, and food. Bands will be performing from 1pm to 7pm. and will be playing both inside and outside on the patio.

If you are a musician and would like to donate your time, please call Debbie Strickland at 480-244-4946, or 480-782-1127. You have anything that you would like to donate for raffles, please contact MaryAnn Anderson at 480-209-6332.

A special thank you to Cal Am resorts for the donation of their facility.


The Band Calendar have been updated for the bands Reign-N-Country, Carla Elliott, Exit 40 Band, and Myron Sommerfeld.

The Dance Calendar has been updated to show the weekly Line Dancing at Farnsworth Hall. These will go through the end of March.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mesa Spirit RV Dance - Saturday, Sept 21

Some of you may be put off with dancing to a DJ Saturday night at Mesa Spirit. It is always great to have a live band, but not always possible. Bill Spotts (Wild Bill) is the DJ this Saturday and has some great music planned. 

Bill says " Here are some of the songs I've included in my first set. Could Have Danced All Night and Witchcraft by Sinatra, Just in Time by Tony Bennett, Girl From Ipanema rumba, Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom cha cha, Hernando's Hideaway tango, Samba Pa, In The Mood by Glenn Miller, Could I Have This Dance by Anne Murray, Blue Danube Waltz, Red Roses Blue Lady by Wayne Newton, The Summer Wind by Barry Manilow, Hoop De Doo and Just Because by Frank Yankovic, Walking my Baby Back Home and L O V E by Nat King Cole, The Night Train for west coast swing, Mack the Knife but not by Bobby Darin, Spanish Eyes by Elvis cha cha, Sway cha cha by Dean Martin, Nobody Till Somebody Loves You by Mills Brothers foxtrot, Sentimental Journey foxtrot, Jump Jiving and Wail by Louie Prima.

Of course I'll sprinkle in some classic rock and country as well such as Oh Pretty Woman, Sweet Caroline, Margarittaville, Hound Dog, Last Cheater's Waltz, The Wanderer..

My main goal is to keep the dance floor filled with dancers regardless of whether I play big band, CW or rock."

Sounds great. I hope to see you there Saturday.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Towerpoint's Friday Dances Moved

The Friday night dances at Towerpoint are being moved for the next three weeks while their floor is refurbished. For the next three weeks they will be held at Mesa Spirit RV, 3020 E. Main St., in Mesa.

The line up for the three weeks will be:

June 28 - Reign-N-Country
July 5 - Desert Drifters
July 12 - Debbie and Double Eagle

They will return to Towerpoint on Friday, July 19th, with Desert Reign.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Couples Dance

LDS Couples Dances/Events is hosting their monthly dance this coming Friday, June 14, from 8:30pm to 11:30pm. The dance will be held at the LDS chapel at 1415 E. Southern Ave, Mesa.

Cost is $7 per couple, music will be provided by DJ Mr. Stan.

For more information check out their facebook page, or call Liza at 480-353-8259

Friday, June 7, 2013

Swing Dance Party

Dance FX Studios' Logo

Come out to Dance FX this Saturday for a Swing Dance Party.

Come Back Buddy will be rockin' the house with LIVE Buddy Holly throwback music from 8-11 pm

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Dance FX is offering $5 off with the promo code SWING! when you register online. Register here

There will be a free beginner Swing dance class at around 8:15 pm


Dance FX Studios
1859 W. Guadalupe Rd. #105
Mesa, Arizona 85202

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mesa Spirit RV Resort

I have posted their May/June schedule to the Dance Calendar.

  • May 25 - 2nd CHANCE -  Country and variety
  • June 1  - RICH HOWARD - ballroom and variety
  • June 8  - MANUAL DORANTES - ballroom and variety
  • June 15 - DANNY KEALY ORCHESTRA - ballroom and a couple rock-n-roll tunes
  • June 22 - BOB ROPPOLO - ballroom and variety
  • June 29 - DJ Rueben - variety 
As I mentioned in the last post, this is a great dance floor and they need our support to get dances up and running. They also offer dinner from 5 to 7pm. This week the dinner is BBQ Chicken. Dinner and dance is $13, dance only $7.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

More Saturday Night Dances

Dancing in Mesa

Mesa Spirit has started hosting Saturday night dances from 7pm to 10pm. They are also doing dinner from 5pm to 7pm. They are located at 3020 E. Main St, in Mesa. This is just east of Lindsay, on the north side of Main.

This past Saturday they had Keven Moen who did a great job. The dance floor is wonderful, one of the best we have seen in quite some time.

I don't have their schedule yet, but will post it as soon as I get it. Definitely looking forward to going back.

Free Dance Class

You're invited to "Try before You Buy".  Attend a FREE Sample Social Dance Class on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 7 to 8:00 p.m. and see how you like it.  If you do, you can officially register for the 9 hour class and pay the tuition at the end of the evening.

The class location will be:

Sun Lakes Country Club (Mirror Room)
25601 South Sun Lakes Boulevard   Chandler, AZ  85248

For more information contact Mary Lou Kaye, at, or 480.491.4942. You can check out her website at Learn Social Dancing.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Saturday Night Dances

Beginning Saturday, June 1st, Burgie Crandall’s Lets Dance Band, will begin playing at Farnsworth Hall. Fransworth is located at Dreamland Villa, 6159 E University Dr, in Mesa. That is just east of Recker, on the south side of University.

There will be a free lesson during intermission, cost is $7 per person, singles welcome.

I understand that this will be through October,  but I have not yet confirmed that with either the Band or Fransworth Hall.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Scout Benefit Dance (Phoenix)

Not in Mesa, but if you can make it to Phoenix tonight, this is a great group of Scouters. They will also be raffling certificates from the likes of Arribas, Rito's, Carolina's, Comedor Guadalajara, Someburros, Movie baskets, etc.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Granite Reef and RMMC updates

Dance calendar has been updated for Granite Reef and the Red Mountain Multigenerational Center for the remainder of 2013.

Monday, March 11, 2013

A Night of Social Dancing

After the Phoenix DanceSport Competition on March 23rd, Phoenix USA Dance, will be hosting an evening of dancing and perhaps a performance or two.

The dance will be at the Red Mountain Multigenerational Center, 7550 W. Adobe, Mesa, AZ. It will be held from 7 to 10pm.

Music will be DJ, with all styles represented, including Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Tango and others.

Admission is $5 which will include a Foxtrot lesson by Lonnie Mitchell at the start of the dance.

For more information check out

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fearless Leaders Class

A free sample class for Fearless Leaders is being offered by Mary Lou Kaye of  Learn Social Dancing.

Mary Lou states:

To get a jump start on doing a great job on the dance floor, a Fearless Leaders class was recently created.  The man will learn the secrets of being a fantastic dance partner BEFORE he takes a lovely partner in his arms for the first time.

Ladies will not have to fear for their pedicures and will be so impressed with the man who prepared for the Social Dance class in advance…..he will definitely stand out above the crowd.

A man must listen and respond to the music, watch traffic, move smoothly and direct his lady….all on automatic.  He learns, assimilates and initiates all of the movement of the dance.  Because of his position as the quarterback of this unique team and to present himself with confidence, it’s a good idea if he is ahead of the lady who is also learning to dance.

Once a man knows how to dance, attracting and pleasing women is nearly effortless!

The free class will be:
    Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
    Tempe Jazzercize/Dance Center
    6356 South Price Road    Tempe 85283
    {NW corner of Guadalupe & 101}
    Register by phone (480.491.4942) or email ( 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Dance Party at Dance FX!

Dance FX Studios' Logo

Come Back Buddy will be rockin' the house with LIVE Buddy Holly throwback music from 8-11 pm, this Saturday, March 9.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Snacks, refreshments and dancing! You can get tickets here.

There will be a free beginner Swing dance class at around 8:15 pm

The Mesa Dance FX studio is located at 1859 W. Guadalupe Rd, #105, Mesa, AZ 85202. Their phone is 480.968.6177

Friday, March 1, 2013

Good News and Bad News

First the good news. Reign-N-Country will be sponsoring Friday night dances again this summer at Towerpoint. The dances begin on Friday April 5 and run through Oct 11.

The bad news is that John Klamm is shutting down the dances at Carriage Manor. The last dance will be Sunday, April 14. His email stated in part:

It's been FUN!!  And I truly wish to THANK all the dancers that have supported JOHNE's CABARET DANCES LLC.  throughout the years.   We only have a few dances remaining at Carriage Manor, and Jacquie & I will enjoy them for sure.  

We will NOT be sponsoring any dances this summer or next winter due to the decreased attendance this past season at Carriage Manor.   We wish to thank Carriage Manor for the use of their floor this final season.

I would personally like to thank John and Jacquie for the commitment to these dances. They have meant a lot to us. Without these opportunities we probably would not be dancing today.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

East Valley Kickers

I just found out about a group in the East Valley called The East Valley Kickers. 

From their website:

EVK was created for people who like Country and/or Swing dancing, and for those who want to discover the joy of it. In just a few months, we have grown to almost 200 members while maintaining a 5-star rating. Obviously, something special is happening here.

We embrace dancers of all skill levels, from "brand new" to "advanced". We have established a culture that is warm and inviting and where everyone helps everyone out no matter what their skill level.

We strive for "excellence in all we do". That is part of what makes EVK special.

Sounds like a great group. Check them out at their website:

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Night in the 40's

Come out and enjoy a great night dancing to great music.

Ticket prices are $35.00 per person purchased in advance, $40.00 per person the day of the event. Tickets are available at the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing Aircraft Museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Rd. Mesa, or online at

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. A free swing dance lesson will be given by “Arizona Lindy Hop Society” at 4:45. Show starts at 5:30pm. Dancing 7:30pm till 11:00pm.

Call (480) 924-1940 or for more information.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Phoenix USA Dance is having a Ballroom Competition (Saturday March 23 from 9 - 5 pm) and Ballroom Social Dance (7 - 10 pm).  

The dance will be hosted by a DJ and we will be playing Waltzs, Foxtrots, Cha Cha, Rhumbas, Swings and all the typical ballroom dances.  

The social dance (as well as the competition) is open to the public and the cost is $10 (competition) and $5 (social dance).  We will be holding it at he Red Mountain Multigeneration Center, 7550 E Adobe St  Mesa, AZ 85207. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Updates for the week

Updates posted to the Dance calendar today. The Sunland Combo will be at Sunland Village East this Saturday and the dance schedule for Las Palmas Grand has been added.

Reign-N-Country's schedule has also been updated.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Saturday, January 5, 2013


Schedules for the Good Life Resort and Mesa Spirit RV Resort have been added to the Dance Calendar. In addition there have been several updates to the January Band Calendar. 

Check them out.