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Kalamazoo Dance 2008-2009 Season Schedule
Mark these dates on your dance
calendar for the
Kalamazoo Dance 2008-2009
schedule at Kalamazoo
Institute of Arts in downtown
- September 20, 2008 (Nightclub
- October 18, 2008 (Gala at the
- November 15, 2008 (Hustle)
- December 13, 2008 (Waltz)
- January 17, 2009 (Foxtrot)
- February 21, 2009 (Country 2
- March 21, 2009 (Cha Cha)
- April 18, 2009 (Tango)
- May 16, 2009 (Rumba)
Learn more about our dances
Kalamazoo Gala - Saturday, October 18
The Annual Gala Dinner Dance is returning to
the Air Zoo on October 18 from 6pm to midnight.
The best way to describe the event and its
surrounding murals is to say you will feel as
though you are ballroom dancing on a space
ship orbiting the earth with windows all
around looking down on the planet.
6-11pm: cash bar
7pm: dinner prepared and served by Radisson
A dance exhibition will be performed by Roger
Thaxton and Carie Garrity, 2007 & 2008 USA
Dance National Amateur Senior Championship
A professional photographer will be available
to take your portraits.
Music provided by DJ Guy.
Black Tie Optional
(suit or party dress appropriate)
See our Gala web page below for more details.
Learn more about the Gala
The Gala is for singles too! We have
created an extensive reserved
dining area so singles can easily find
dance partner at this event.
Just call around to your friends and
them to make a reservation. Don't
check off the box on the form that
want a singles table.
Visit our Gala web page
Boleros in Portage
Bolero's Dance School is now offering group
classes for everyone beginner through
advanced. Only $8 per class in advance.
Forrest Vance, 7 time undefeated U.S. rhythm
champion, is coming to Bolero's Dance School.
He will be giving three group lessons as well
as coaching. Everyone invited. October 21,22,
Halloween Party Saturday October 25 7-10pm
with costume contest.
Halloween Party Wednesday October 29 with
special group class 7:30-10pm.
Ballroom dancing every Saturday from 7-10pm
$10 before 8:30 $15 after.
Give us a call to get started 269-321-0775 or
check out our website for the schedule.
Southwest Michigan Ballroom Dance - Sunday, October 5
Join us for Sunday Ballroom Dancing on Oct 5
from 3 to 6pm. Strict tempo ballroom music
is provided by Bob Northrop of DJ Plays. The
dances are held at the Kalamazoo Institute of
Arts (KIA) in downtown Kalamazoo.
Open to the public; singles and couples welcome.
Season Pass - All nine dances for $90;
Snowbird Pass - Any six dances for $75. Day
pass $15; spectator $5. Free parking.
Call 269-720-0790 or click the link below.
Westwood at the Crossing - Every Sunday
Ballroom Dance Lessons by Hans
Beginning West Coast Swing - 5:00
Intermediate West Coast Swing -
6:00 to 7:00
LIVE ON STAGE FROM 7:00 TO
10:00 pm -
Murphy's Law "Kevin Murphy at his
Every 3rd Sunday of the month: The
Rhythm Section Jazz Band "A 10
piece big band sound"
5760 West River Road NE, Grand
131 north to the West River exit, turn
go 2.5 miles turn right into our
PHONE: (616) 363-5104
October Dance Opportunities on Thursdays in Battle Creek
Downtown Battle Creek, park behind Team
Active on Michigan Ave, go in door marked
Properwell, go up to 3rd floor
OCTOBER 2nd Thursday dance DEMO of all
classes offered 7pm FREE
OCTOBER 16th, 23rd, 30th Thursdays as follows
(no class on the 9th)
7pm-8pm Latin Exercise Class: move to the
rhythm of Latin music,learn Latin steps for
exercise & fun, work on
8:15pm-9:15pm Latin Dance Class: NO partner
necessary, learn to dance partner or no
partner to Latin dances that are danced here
in our community,
call or email for further details
269-317-2197 or [email protected]
$10.00 per person per class,
discount if paid in advance for all classes
The Radisson is serving dinner at the Gala - Saturday, October 18
The Radisson Hotel staff is preparing and
serving your dinner at the Gala on October
18. You will have 3 choices of entree: 1)
Sliced Beef Roast with Asparagus, 2) Stuffed
Chicken Breast, and 3) Roasted Butternut
Squash for the vegetarians. Salad and dessert
are included. Click on the link below to see
what you will be experiencing.
Photo of the Gala dining experience
Hello, from Sharon's Dance Studio
Come Join The Fun!
Sharon's Dance Studio
5053 Sports Dr.
Kalamazoo, Mich. 49009 269 544-2420
Sharonsdancestudio.com for listing of all
Group Lessons every day at 7:30 Only $45 for
students cost is $5 with ID
Classes are taught by Professionally
Argentine Tango every Friday $10 students $8
Adult Hip Hop and Ballet classes
Beginners to Advanced Salsa classes Tues. and
Oct. 30th Halloween Party, wear your favorite
costume and win a prize.
Lesson & Dance only $10.
October 25th, SHOWCASE at 7 p.m..with dancing
November 8, Salsa Workshop 6 p.m.
Family Salsa Workshop at
Please call 269 544-2420 or check the link below.
Want to go to a ballroom competition?
You will find a dance competition
somewhere nearby almost every
month of the year. Here are this
- Chicago Harvest Moon Ball Championship-
For more information on these
and other competition events, click
on the link below:
Competitions in our area
Looking for a place to dance this week?
Visit our website below for places to
dance in Southwest Michigan every
day of the week!
This month's updates:
*The St Joseph Monday night dance
start back up this month due to
beyond their control.
*A dance spot for you Grand Rapids
consider on Sundays is "Westwood
Crossings". It has a large 23x32
floor. See their promo above.
*For you Kalamazoo dancers: The
"Cheek", in Kalamazoo, is
starting the Sunday Singles-Mingles
again. We will keep you posted.
Visit our website below for more
Let us know if there are any
changes to post on local dances.
Just contact us at
Places to dance in SW Michigan
Other USA Dance chapters
Here are other USA Dance chapters
in the SW Michigan area:
Central Michigan Chapter
of USA Dance
Central United Methodist Church,
Lansing, Michigan. Members $8.00,
Non-members $12.00 and Students
$5.00 Lesson at 7 pm, dancing from
8 - 11 pm. Our dances are held the
third Saturday of the month
(September thru May). However,
there is NO SATURDAY DANCE IN
Mid-Michigan Chapter of
Call ahead for location near Midland
Friday, 7:00 p.m. Lesson with 8-
10:30 p.m. Dancing to music
by our chapter DJ.
Admission is $5 USA Dance
members; $10 Guests; $3
for students w/ ID
Refreshments and Lesson
included with admission
For more information
contact:Polly Boman 989-631-5166
or [email protected]
Northern Michigan Lights
Chapter of USA Dance
Friday dancing 7:30-10:30 p.m.
twice a month; Music provided by
The Up North Swing Band (Karl
Gilewicz 231-547-2858), a
community based group of
musicians dedicated to the
preservation of Big Band
Swing Music. Refreshments
available for purchase.
You may bring a beverage of
your choice. Admission
$6-students. Rustic Ballroom in
Walloon Lake. For more information
call: Carl: 231-547-6271,
Judy: 231-347-1426, Barb:
231-347-1658, or Mindy: 231-539-
South Bend Chapter of USA
Join the South Bend Chapter of USA
Dance every 3rd Sunday at the BK
Club at 721 S. West St in
Mishawaka at 3pm. We offer a
complimentary dance lesson from
3:30 to 4:15 and then open
dancing to CD quality music until
6:30. Refreshments are provided.
Admission cost is $8/members,
$10/non-members and $5 for
students. Call Sandy at
574-289-1093 for more information
Find a chapter near you
Join or Renew USA Dance Membership
If you have a love for dancing, you
will want to be a member of USA
Dance, the only national
organization of amateur ballroom
dancers. The Kalamazoo MI,
Chapter of USA Dance is one of 150
chapters in the USA.
The benefits of joining USA
- Save money. Obtain a
discounted admission rate
at any chapter dance the USA,
- Subscription to the bi-monthly
Amateur Dancer Magazine,
- Affordable competition admission
rates to USA Dance championships,
- USA Dance website and 1-800
telephone number is available to
obtain dance information for
locations across the USA.
- Dance while traveling and enjoy
the hospitality at any of the 150
- Ballroom Dancer: A non-
competitive dancer who
continues to train to increase their
- Social Dancer: An amateur
dancer who does not
- Social Youth: Dancer under age
- Check the membership form for
categories for Competitive Dancers
Professionals and Organizers.
For more information on how to join
or renew your USA Dance
membership, click on the link below:
How to join USA Dance
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