Upcoming Dance Events

Dick Newman will hold his monthly dance on Friday, November 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Barboursville Community Center, 721 Central Avenue in Barboursville. The attire will be dressy casual. The cost is $15.00 per person.

Top Hat Ballroom will hold a dance on Saturday, November 16, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 520 Eleventh Street in Huntington. The facility has a large, wooden dance floor. Dancers are encouraged to bring their favorite beverages and snacks to share with others. BYOB. The attire will be dressy casual. For more information, call 304-412-3171.

The SpeakEasy Singles will hold a Turn Back Time Dance from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, at the TC Energy (formerly Columbia Gas) ballroom at 1700 MacCorkle Avenue, Southeast. (Parking is in the large lot on the left between the Frontier Communications Building and the TC Energy Building. The auditorium is the one-story building located next to the Kanawha River. Look for the walkway from the parking lot to the breezeway that connects the multi-story TC Energy building to the auditorium. The entrance for the auditorium is via the glass doors in the breezeway.) The dance will be preceded by free dance lessons from 7:00 to 8:00. Nathan will teach the Cupid Shuffle and Hunter will teach West Coast Swing. The dance costs $10.00 per person. The attire is dressy casual.

 

The Charleston Chapter of USA Dance will hold a dance on Saturday, November 16, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Hansford Center in St. Albans. It will begin with a lesson from Terry and Melanie Whittington, who also will DJ the music. The attire is dressy casual. You are encouraged to bring food to share. 

The CQ Dance Club will hold its Silver Bells dance on Sunday, December 1, from 5:30 to 9:15 p.m. following a social hour beginning at 4:30 at Berry Hills Country Club. The Gary Stewart Band will provide the music. The attire will be formal. The cost if $45.00 for members and $55.00 for non-members. Reservations are needed by Tuesday, November 26.

Riverside Hop at 3706 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, in Kanawha City will hold its First Friday Swing dance on December 6 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Come out to practice your swing steps. It's free. The attire will be casual. 

The Passepied Club will hold its Oh, What a NIght! dance on Saturday, December 14, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Woman's Club of Charleston, 1600 Virginia Street, East. It will be preceded by a dance lesson at 7:00. Kevin and Dee Twohig will provide the music. The attire will be dressy casual. The cost is $15.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members. No reservation is necessary.

The Academy Dance Club will hold its Holiday Formal on Sunday, December 8, from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Edgewood Country Club. It will begin with a cocktail buffet from 5:00 to 6:30. Stolen Moments will provide music for dancing from 5:30 to 8:30. The attire will be formal. The cost is $40.00 each for members and $50.00 for non-members. Reservations must be received by Tuesday, December 3.

The Latin Dance Club will hold its Mistletoe Ball on Sunday, December 15, from 4:00 to 7:30n p.m. with a break for dinner at 5:00 at Berry Hills Country Club. Stolen Moments will provide the music. The attire will be formal. The cost is $40.00 for members and $50.00 for non-members. RSVPs are needed by Wednesday, December 11. Please note that not only is the food good at Berry Hills, but the country club always is decorated especially beautifully for the holidays.

The University Club will hold its New Year's Eve dance on Tuesday, December 31, from 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Woman's Club of Charleston, 1600 Virginia Street, East. DJ Mark Davis will provide the music beginning at 9:30. The evening will begin with heavy hors d'oeuvres at 9:00. The club also will provide coffee, iced tea and lemonade, as well as champagne and sparkling wine at midnight. It's BYOB for other alcoholic beverages. The attire will be formal. The cost is $80 for each member and $90 for each guest. However, for those who pay by check by December 17, the cost is $60 for members and $80 for guests.

To receive more information about local dance activities, including costs and reservation deadlines,

please email me at MaryLouise.King.WV@gmail.com.

 

To see the various attire that my dance partner and I have worn,

click here for a slide show.

There are several Ballroom and Latin Dance clubs in the Charleston area. Here is a general overview of their schedules. If you are interested in attending one of these dances, click here to email me for specific information. In addition to these regularly scheduled dances, I often know of other dance opportunities in the area.

ACADEMY DANCE CLUB holds four dances per year. Usually they are scheduled on the third Saturday in February, April and October and the second Sunday in December, generally at Edgewood Country Club. The Academy Dance Club also has a summer picnic for members only  usually in July or August. The dances  traditionally have live music and include a meal. Dress is usually formal, but occasionally semi-formal. Non-members may attend as invited guests of members.

 

 

CQ (COTILLION-QUADRILLE) DANCE CLUB holds four dances per year, always at Berry Hills Country Club. They usually are on the fourth Saturday in March, fourth Sunday in June, and first Sundays in October and December. The dances always have live music and include a meal. Dress varies from formal to semi-formal to dressy casual. Non-members may attend as guests.

 

         

LATIN DANCE CLUB began as an all Latin dance club but now the mix of music is about 60% Latin and 40% Ballroom. The club holds four dances per year, always at Berry Hills Country Club. They usually are scheduled on the fourth Sunday in September, third Sunday in December, fourth Saturday in February, and first Sunday in May. Music is provided by DJs or musicians. Dances always include a meal. The dress varies but is usually either formal or semi-formal. Non-members may attend as guests.

 

 

PASSEPIED CLUB holds eleven dances each year, usually on the second Saturday, but sometimes on the third Saturday, July through May. Most dances are now held at the Woman's Club of Charleston. Music is provided either by DJs or musicians. Dances include light snacks or heavy hors d’oeuvres. Dress varies from formal to semi-formal to  dressy casual. Non-members may attend as guests.

SPEAKEASY SINGLES is not solely a dance club, but it holds monthly dances that welcome experienced and non-experienced dancers alike. The dances generally are held on the second Saturday of the month from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., often with a dance lesson from 7:00 to 8:00. Locations vary. Music is provided by DJs. Attire is usually dressy casual, although some dances have suggested themes.

UNIVERSITY CLUB holds five dances per year. The current schedule is for the a  Saturday in August, fourth Saturday in October, third Saturday in March and second Saturday in June plus New Year’s Eve. Music is provided either by DJs or musicians. Dances include a meal or heavy hors d’oeuvres. Dress varies from dressy casual to semi-formal to formal. Non-members may attend as guests.

           

 

Other opportunities to dance include Salsa Night on Thursdays on the second floor of Vino's Bar & Grill, 812 Kanawha Boulevard, East. A free salsa lesson is offered about 8:45 or 9:00 p.m. followed by open dancing. Also, the Charleston Area Shag Society meets Thursdays for a lesson and open dancing on the second floor of the Charleston Moose Lodge, 2805 Kanawha Boulevard, East. The lesson begins about 7:00 p.m.

 

In the Huntington area, Dick Newman holds dances usually on the third Friday of the month from 6;30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Barboursville Community Center, 721 Central Avenue in Barboursville. He DJs the music. The attire is dressy casual. For more information, email him at dnbl@msn.com.

Also in the Huntington area, Top Hat Ballroom holds monthly dances, usually but not always on the fourth Saturday of the month, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 520 Eleventh Street, Huntington. Each dance begins with a lesson. The cost is $10 per person.

Another regular dance in the Huntington area is the American Legion Dance on the last Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 177 ballroom, 6024 U.S. Route 60, East, Barboursville. The cost is $8.00 per person or $15.00 per couple. For more information, contact: Gayle Riggs at 304-417-0134 or brigg@zoominternet.net.