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J M (Mike) Nelson
Phone: 612-810-0157


The following are my preferences for
American Smooth, American Rhythm, and other contemporary dance styles.

These data change little from month to month; even so,
it is prudent to confirm dates and events before making specific plans.

St. Cloud, MN

St. Cloud Ballroom Dance Club   
Saturdays.  Lesson 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Dance 8:30 - 11:00 p.m. Admission $8/$5 per person.  
Phone 320-251-0601
E-mail, or
Web Site

Minneapolis/St Paul, MN

CINEMA BALLROOM 1560 St. Clair Avenue, St Paul (south of 94 at Snelling and St. Clair, near Macalester College), 100 X 40 floor, 651-699-5910,
Sundays. Jerry O'Hagan and his Orchestra - waltz, swing, tango, foxtrot, rumba and more. The orchestra concert alone is worth the price of admission.

Considering the quality of the music, the sound system, the dance floor, the decor, and the dancers, I doubt that there is a better dance venue anywhere, at any price. JMNelson.

DANCERS STUDIO -- 99 N. Snelling Ave, St. Paul 651-641-0777

MEDINA Ballroom -- 500 Hwy 55 west of 101, Medina, 763-478-6661 located approx. 5 miles W of I-494 on Hwy 55 (4,000 sq. ft. hardwood dance floor) Quality varies considerably according to the band or DJ.

Cafe Baila

TAPESTRY FOLKDANCE CENTER -- 3748 Minnehaha Ave. S, Mpls, MN 612-722-2914 (2 rooms one medium-large sprung hardwood dance floor; the other smaller sprung hardwood dance floor) One of some of the best East Coast Swing dance instruction and dancing in the region, and perhaps the nation. Also see

Cafe Bailar

Exit to Lynne's Dance News for a more comprehensive listing of dances in the Mpls/StPaul area.


Cafe Bailar Dance Club, Latin and Variety Ballroom dances on the second Friday and fourth Saturday. Admission $10. Currently having dances at ON YOUR TOES SCHOOL OF DANCE, 5810 W. 36th St. St. Louis Park (2 blk. west of HWY. 100 on 36th St.) Large, well-lighted parking lot behind building accessible via Yosemite Ave., first street east of building. See

Lynne's Dance News for a comprehensive listing of dances in the Mpls/StPaul, MN area.

Tapestry Folkdance Center is a membership organization but is not a requirement for dancing at Tapestry. Membership entitles dancers to: $1 off admission to all Tapestry events, free admission to some events each year, member name badges, invitations to member-only events including the fall member dinner and annual meeting; and, reduced admission for guests of "Plus" members.

USADance, Minnesota Chapter. Sponsors monthly dances at various studios as well as regular competitions.

Houston, TX

Eddie's Exclusive Dance Club. 2726 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77063. The only place in Houston offering two variety ballroom dances each week Tuesday, with lesson and DJ, Saturday with live band. See for more details and events.

2nd Saturday. USADance, Houston, monthly dance. Lesson at 8:00 pm; dance 9:00 pm - 12:00 am. Lesson and Dance $10/$15

Chandelier Ballroom. SPJST Lodge Pokrok, 1435 Beall St, Houston, TX. (713) 869-5767. 1st Saturday, Big Band Ballroom. Dance from 8:30 pm - 12:00 am. $11. Great music, wonderful dance floor, dress code (but casual seems OK), good to have a partner, but often there are loosely-organized groups of singles. (Men, if you are a good lead, you can dance all evening.) Admission varies, $12 - $15, depending on the band. Dance Home Page Dance Curriculum Dance Articles

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