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J M (Mike) Nelson
Email:jmnelson@cloudnet.com
Phone: 612-810-0157

DANCE VENUES AND ORGANIZATIONS

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 Area

St. Cloud Ballroom Dance Club 
Weekly variety dance at GREAT Theatre Studios, Germain Court,
919 West St Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN.  
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 paulcot@iname.com, or info@stcloudballroomdanceclub.com
Web Site http://www.stcloudballroomdanceclub.com/.

Twin Cities Metro Area

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, www.cinemaballroom.com
Sundays. Jerry O'Hagan and his Orchestra - waltz, swing, tango, foxtrot, rumba and more. The orchestra concert alone is worth the price of admission - $12 adults, $8 teens and students.
Lesson 6:15 - 7:00 pm. Dance 7:00 - 10:00 pm.
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) www.medinaentertainment.com Quality varies considerably according to the band or DJ.

RETRO BALLROOM at ON YOUR TOES SCHOOL OF DANCE. 5810 W. 36th St. St. Louis Park (2 blk. west of HWY. 100 on 36th St.) From Hwy 100 south, take 36 St exit, stay to the right on exit loop, and turn right, east, at 36th St. Continue east on 36th, first left on Yosemite, left into well-lighted parking lot in back. http://www.onyourtoes.org/retroballroom/
See http://www.cafebailar.com/ for Cafe Bailar dates and times.


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) http://www.tapestryfolkdance.org/ One of some of the best East Coast Swing dance instruction and dancing in the region, and perhaps the nation. Also see http://www.tcswing.com/

Cafe Bailar http://www.cafebailar.com/

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

ORGANIZATIONS

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 http://www.cafebailar.com/ for dates and times. Highly Recommended.

TAPESTRY FOLK DANCE CENTER
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. http://www.tapestryfolkdance.org

USADance, Minnesota Chapter. Sponsors monthly dances at various studios as well as regular competitions. http://www.usadance-mn.org/

Houston Area

The Dance Place. 3300 Chimney Rock, between Richmond and Hwy 59. Studio is at back of building; parking lot is accessed via Beverly Hills. http://the-dance-place.com/ Friday practice dance. 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm. $5. Good dancers and good music.

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

Melody Club. 3027 Crossview Dr, Houston, TX. (713) 785-5301. http://www.melodyclub.net/ Ballroom Dance every Tuesday. Admission $6. Lesson 7:10 pm - 8:00 pm, Dance 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm. North of Richmond, east of Fondren.

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.

 

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