SaddleBrooke Ballroom Dance Club: Ballroom Dancing Has Evolved to Our Favorite Tunes!

Holiday Dinner Dance with 85 SaddleBrooke residents attending (photo by Diana Wille)

Diana Wille

Ballroom dancing is now considered the social form of partner dancing. I know many of us grew up dancing by ourselves, but we can now enjoy dancing with our partners to lots of the same music. The SaddleBrooke Ballroom Dance Club (SBDC) offers many dancing opportunities. We have multiple volunteer DJs who work hard to provide danceable, recognizable music at our dances.

Here is a small sample of the tunes our DJs recently played for our dancing pleasure:

Waltz—“Could I Have This Dance,” by Anne Murray, and “Their Hearts Are Dancing,” by the Forester Sisters.

West Coast Swing—“Chain of Fools,” by Aretha Franklin, “Halo,” by Beyonce, and even “Roar,” by Katy Perry.

Night Club 2 Step—“Home,” by Michael Bublé, and “Here We Are,” by Gloria Estefan.

Cha Cha—“Smooth Operator,” by Sade, and “I Just Want to Dance With You,” by George Strait. And, yes, we just want to dance with you!

Really, we don’t play Strauss or debutante cotillion waltzes. We dance to music we know. Our DJs use a club list of 200 songs. Bill Rigg, one of our volunteer DJs, told me, “We add good songs based on our class instructor’s recommendations and requests from our members. At open practice, DJs will play any style of dance song requested to make it enjoyable for all.”

Our dance opportunities:

Dinner Dances: Dinner and dancing—what could be better?! Dinner dances are held monthly in the winter season in the MountainView Ballroom, with catered dinners and hours of music.

Dine and Dance Events: You can eat in the East Room of the MountainView Bar & Grill and/or dance in the MountainView Ballroom. These are scheduled multiple times a year.

Open Dance: We can practice or just enjoy dancing multiple times each month in either the MountainView Ballroom or the Vermillion Room at SaddleBrooke One.

Novice Dance Parties: SBDC has a novice program that provides an easy, fun way to learn dancing and get on the dance floor, and a Novice Dance Party for practice.

First Friday Dance: During the summer months, we have our First Friday Dance, similar to our Dine and Dance. You can dine and dance or just dance or just dine!

Would you like to sign up for any of these events? Just go to our website and view the calendar to see the events and ways to register. Or would you like some help learning dances? All types of lessons are available in novice, beginner, or intermediate dance lessons. Check the calendar on our website to learn about these opportunities. You can become a member through the website, too. You would be a most welcomed new member.

We know that dancing is a great way to keep our brains healthy, bodies active, social connections close, and to just plain have fun! Remember, SaddleBrooke Ballroom Dance Club is where the learning continues, and the fun never ends.