Nice Turnout for April 12 Sunday Tea Dance
It was a hard choice to make with all that nice spring weather outside, but some 75 country/western dancers turned out for a festive afternoon of line and couples dancing fun April 12 at Charlie's.
They were taking part in the third Sunday Tea Dance sponsored by Second City Country Dance Association since it began hosting the parties since last December.
Beginners got some free lessons from Tim Foster, Charlie's dance instructor, and regulars got a chance to brush up on their skills in shadow dancing and Tush Push.
Again thanks to Charlie's management for providing the hamburgers and hot dogs and to volunteers who brought the fixings and who manned the door.
“We thank all those who donated so generously to a new 50/50 raffle which was started at this Tea Dance aimed at raising money for SCCDA activities,” said John Huebler, co-chair of SCCDA.
Bernardo Portu had the winning ticket taking home $250 in the 50/50 raffle drawing.
“I'd also like to thank our ticket sellers Len Bachand, Ray Kenyon, and Jesse Kane who did such a great job soliciting donations,”said John adding with a laugh, “I think they particularly enjoyed doing all those inseam and around the world measurements!”
John also thanked Donald Pang for his usual door hospitality and he was joined by Keith Mabrey, Ray Kenyon, and a host of others.
The next big events on the SCCDA calendar is a St. Louis outing (see website) and a Hoedown at the Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, Mich. May 15-17.
Now this is a road trip you can't miss: a weekend of country dancing at the spectacular Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, MI.
What an event this will be! There willl be line dance and two-step instruction led by Tim Foster, a special performance by the Windy City Cowboys, late night parties, special cookouts and pancake breakfasts to name a few activities.
It's all part of a three day party called “Save a Horse, Enjoy a Hoedown.” sponsored by the SCCDA, the Dunes Resort, Windy City Cowboys, Grand River Renegades, Illinois Gay Rodeo Association and Michigan Gay Rodeo Association.
The best part? The rates are reasonable: $69 a night with a two night minimum for standard room, $79 for King suite.
Incidentally, the Dunes is a five minute drive to Lake Michigan and those special 'gay' beaches, calls itself the largest gay resort complex in the Midwest.
The Hoedown gets underway on Friday, May 15 with a meet and greet with two-step and line dancing that evening. Saturday activities include the pancake breakfast a lunch cookout and line dancing/two-stepping in the afternoon and continuing in the evening.
A highlight of Saturday night will be performances by the Windy City Cowboys previewing their 2015 show during gay pride weekend. Sunday concludes with a pancake breakfast, lunch cookout and an afternoon Tea Dance.
For more information, visit www.dunesresort.com or phone (269) 857-1401.
Dancers came from as far away as southwest Michigan and Indiana to take part in the Second City Country Dance Association (SCCDA) premier event, the Tea Dance & BBQ on Dec. 7 at Charlie's Chicago.
“I never expected to see that kind of a turnout since we did just a minimum of publicity but everyone seemed to have a good time,” said John Huebler, co-chair and co-founder of SCCDA.
As site host for the event, Charlie's management paid for the hamburgers/hot dogs and the fixings but the 35 unofficial founding members of SCCDA pitched in by bringing their favorite potluck items including side dishes and desserts and put together the program.
“We saw both young and old jumping into those line dances led by Tim,” said Huebler referring to Tim Foster, SCCDA's co-founder and a veteran dance teacher at Charlie's on both Monday and Friday nights.
During the three hours of two stepping and line dancing, a crowd of over 100 participated extending the event past the 5:30 closing time for the party.
Among the dancers whirling across the floor and “showing their stuff” were members of Windy City Cowboys, a popular Chicago-based country/western dance troupe which has performed for years statewide and nationally at such events as Gay Pride, Northalsted Market Days and Sundance Stompede in San Francisco. Also on hand Dec. 7 were members from Chi-Town Squares, Chicago Queer Contra and Grand River Renegades in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A portion of the Dec. 7 Tea Dance festivities was devoted to a brief line dance lesson led by Tim Foster.
“At our next Sunday Tea Dance slated for Feb. 8 at Charlie's, Tim has agreed to do a half hour two step lesson for beginners,” said Huebler.
A Tea Dance is also planned for April 12, also at Charlie's. Check the website for further details on both events.
Our initial kick-off meting where the members introduced themselves, discussed the overall purpose of the SCCDA and goals for the coming year. Plans to apply for The International Association of Gay/Lesbian Country Western Dance Clubs (IAGLCWDC) membership and the first social event were also discussed.
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