Let’s Date-Week Two
My parents met at a ballroom dance. Back in the day, the Col-Ballroom in the Quad Cities was a great way to meet others and try out your dance moves. Many times live bands would play for the crowd. For my dad, it was a time to get out of his farming clothes and dress up for the girls. Technology did not keep a person at home. Times have changed.
We are thankful that there are some area venues for Dan and I to try out the steps we have practiced. Here are just a few of the dances we have attended:
Congenial 100-Dan and I are part of a ballroom dance club that started 90 years ago here in Cedar Rapids. We go once a month, 8 months out of the year. It is time to dress up! We enjoy a catered dinner with dessert and live music. We have met many congenial friends.
USA Dance-This is a nationwide organization that offers ballroom dancing and a one-hour group dance lesson. Our local chapter meets once a month at the Old Brick in Iowa City. Dan and I have learned many new dance moves by attending USA dances.
The Barn Dance- A horse arena turned into a dance venue. We dress up for this once-a-month dance that has a huge dance floor. This is quite the venue. Snacks and beverages are provided.
Dubuque Fairgrounds-A big band would be the highlight of this New Year’s Eve event. Everyone would dress up for this dance. We would ring in the New Year with champagne, party favors, and a midnight buffet.
Walford Ponderosa-Rod Pierson Big Band would be the highlight of this formal Valentine’s ballroom dance.
Many of the ballroom dance events are in danger of no longer continuing. We attend and invite others, so we can continue our dancing.
Dating keeps you closer as a couple and with others!