QC Ballroom Dance Club’s farewell season

Ballroom Dance Club members George and Ona Gibson and Jack and Wendy Berry enjoy dancing at the December dinner.

Ballroom Dance Club members George and Ona Gibson and Jack and Wendy Berry enjoy dancing at the December dinner.

Dodie Prescott

Due to declining membership, after 12 years of providing Quail Creek residents with a formal partying experience, the Ballroom Dance Club (BDC) will be disbanding after this season. The final two dinner/dances will be on February 15 and March 15, 2017.

We are extending an invitation to our former members to attend these dances again. This is also the last opportunity for others who have never been to a BDC function to enjoy an elegant evening of dining and dancing. If you would like to attend either or both of our upcoming events, please contact Justine Lewis at 399-4646 or [email protected] for reservations.

The BDC was founded in 2004 by Larry Sharp “to provide social semi-formal evenings for its members.” With the completion of the Madera Clubhouse and Crystal Ballroom, the club held its inaugural dance on March 14, 2005. The initial membership was 92 couples. Dance lessons were offered to residents who wanted to learn more about ballroom dancing. The club also offered Cabaret dances with informal rock, country and Latin dancing – similar to the current Casual Dance Club.

In 2007 the club set the maximum membership at 80 couples and there was a waiting list for people eager to join. Many of the club’s current members have been with the club since its inception. In 2008 the club introduced the concept of dinner themes from different countries that we have continued to this day.

At the next dinner/dance on Wednesday, February 15, BDC members and guests will dine at The Court of Two Sisters in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans appreciating the best in southern hospitality and Creole cooking while enjoying the big band sounds of the Myron Sommerfeld Orchestra.

Dancing starts at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The meal begins with a salad of assorted baby greens with Creole French dressing followed by a choice of shrimp and grits or roasted pork tenderloin. Dinner concludes with an apple and cinnamon Crème Brule. The band returns after dinner to play their dance selections until 9:30 p.m.

You don’t have to know how to dance the fox trot, rumba or waltz in order to enjoy these evenings; not everyone who attends is a ballroom dancer. You are welcome to join members in socializing with friends and neighbors, enjoying a wonderful gourmet meal and listening to the big band music.

For more information about the club, visit our website at http://quailcreekballroomdance.com.