Sun Lakes Sunday Dance Club prepares for exciting fall


Denise Green

What do Kermit the Frog and Harry Potter have in common? Modern waltz songs! Kermit’s “Rainbow Connection” and “Neville’s Waltz” from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire are lovely songs for waltzing the night away with the Sun Lakes Sunday Dance Club.

The elegant waltz, a dance beloved by today’s ballroom dancers, appeared in its modern form in England in the early nineteenth century. At the time, the waltz was shocking to polite society because of the closed hold dance frame. Now, the popular waltz is guaranteed to fill ballroom dance floors, as it does at every Sunday night dance.

Waltz etiquette involves a traveling line of dance, which has been a ballroom rule for the safety of all dancers. In progressive waltz, couples dance counter-clockwise around a rectangular floor following the line of dance. Those who prefer to dance the Waltz box, a more stationary style of dance, should take the middle of the dance floor.

Corollaries to the line of dance relate to floorcraft, the art of traversing the dance floor without bumping into people. These include common-sense constraints, such as not walking across the dance floor while others are dancing and taking extended conversations off the active dance floor.

What’s your favorite ballroom dance? At the Sun Lakes Sunday Dance Club, you’ll enjoy other smooth ballroom dances like Foxtrot, Tango and Quickstep plus Latin and rhythm dances including cha-cha, rhumba, East and West Coast swing, as well as surprises from the band. Polka? Samba? Two-Step? You can dance them all!

Sun Lakes Sunday Dance Club has exciting plans for our next season, with the first dance (Open House) on September 23, 2018, featuring the DK Orchestra. Mark your calendars!

Dates for 2018/19 season:

2018: September 23, October 21, November 18, December 16

2019: January 20, February 17, March 24, April 14

Fees for 2018/19 season: Please mail your membership check to John Yu, 9617 E. Sherwood Way, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248. Pre-payment is refundable, so take advantage of the savings.

Couples Membership for all eight dances, including Valentines Dinner Dance: $185 (before 9/1/18); $195 (after 9/1/18)

Non-members (pay as you go): $25 per couple guest fee for each of the seven regular dances; $100 per couple for the Valentines Dinner Dance; $275 per couple for all events

Consider these “waltz” melodies for your dancing and listening pleasure.

“What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong

“Moon River” – Andy Williams

“Could I Have this Dance” – Ann Murray

“You Light Up My Life” – Debbie Boone

“Hollywood Waltz” – Eagles