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The Dancing Buddies News is compiled by the Kalamazoo MI Chapter, USA Dance #2038 (Kalamazoo Dance). Serving dancers in West Michigan and beyond. We invite you to come dance with us!

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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 Kalamazoo!

  • September 20, 2008 (Nightclub 2-step)
  • October 18, 2008 (Gala at the Air Zoo)
  • November 15, 2008 (Hustle)
  • December 13, 2008 (Waltz)
  • January 17, 2009 (Foxtrot)
  • February 21, 2009 (Country 2 Step)
  • March 21, 2009 (Cha Cha)
  • April 18, 2009 (Tango)
  • May 16, 2009 (Rumba)

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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 Hotel staff
8pm-midnight: dancing

A dance exhibition will be performed by Roger Thaxton and Carie Garrity, 2007 & 2008 USA Dance National Amateur Senior Championship Finalists.

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

Attention Singles!!!!

The Gala is for singles too! We have created an extensive reserved Singles-Mingle dining area so singles can easily find a dance partner at this event.

Just call around to your friends and tell them to make a reservation. Don't forget to check off the box on the form that says you 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, & 23.

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.

Admission $15/ Spectator $5


Westwood at the Crossing - Every Sunday

Ballroom Dance Lessons by Hans Kliphuis.
Beginning West Coast Swing - 5:00 to 6:00
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 best"
Every 3rd Sunday of the month: The Rhythm Section Jazz Band "A 10 piece big band sound"


5760 West River Road NE, Grand Rapids, MI. 49306
131 north to the West River exit, turn left
go 2.5 miles turn right into our drive.

PHONE: (616) 363-5104

$5/lesson $5/dance

October Dance Opportunities on Thursdays in Battle Creek

Properwell Studio
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 salsa/mambo/meringue/samba/rumba/cha cha,

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, salsa/mambo/samba/merengue/rumba/cha cha/tango

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 classes
Group Lessons every day at 7:30 Only $45 for 6 lessons, students cost is $5 with ID Classes are taught by Professionally Trained Instructors.

Argentine Tango every Friday $10 students $8
Adult Hip Hop and Ballet classes
Beginners to Advanced Salsa classes Tues. and Thurs.
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 & refreshments.
November 8, Salsa Workshop 6 p.m.
Family Salsa Workshop at 7 p.m.

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 month's picks:

  • Chicago Harvest Moon Ball Championship- October 17-19

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 will not start back up this month due to circumstances beyond their control.

*A dance spot for you Grand Rapids dancers to consider on Sundays is "Westwood at the Crossings". It has a large 23x32 hardwood floor. See their promo above.

*For you Kalamazoo dancers: The remodeled "Cheek", in Kalamazoo, is considering starting the Sunday Singles-Mingles back up again. We will keep you posted.

Visit our website below for more information.

Let us know if there are any changes to post on local dances. Just contact us at [email protected]

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 OCTOBER.


Mid-Michigan Chapter of USA Dance

Call ahead for location near Midland MI
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 $8-members/$10-non-members/ $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- 7827.


South Bend Chapter of USA Dance

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 or visit


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 Dance:

  • 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 chapters.


  • Ballroom Dancer: A non- competitive dancer who continues to train to increase their skill. $35
  • Social Dancer: An amateur dancer who does not compete. $25
  • Social Youth: Dancer under age 19. $10
  • Check the membership form for additional categories for Competitive Dancers and Dance 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

Know of a Free Dance Event in SW Michigan?

Let us know about any free dance events in the area and we will post it in the Dancing Buddies Newsletter. FOR FREE! Just email us at DancingBuddies. Write " Free Dancing Buddies" on the subject line and give us as much detail as possible on the event.

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