Rockford’s Ostende Dance Club looking for couples who love to dance

Staff Report

The Ostende Dance Club, Rockford’s oldest ballroom dance club, is inviting couples who love to dance to join the Ostende 2014/15 Dance Season. The Ostende Dance Club hosts seven ballroom dances from October 2014 through May 2015. Each of the seven dances will be held at the finest ballroom venues in the northern Illinios area. Dancers will enjoy a delicious dinner followed by an evening of dancing featuring live music by some of the best big band, swing band, and orchestra musicians around.

The Ostende season will kick off Saturday, Oct. 11, at Cliffbreakers in Rockford. Dinner will be a seasonal offering, and dancers will enjoy dancing to the beat of the Dick Elliott Orchestra. Other venues include Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club, Clock Tower Resort, Radisson, Giovanni’s, and Beloit Country Club. In addition to the Dick Elliott Orchestra, dancers will enjoy dancing to the sounds of the Larry Busch Band, Shenanigans, Swing Shift with Diane Lewis, and in March, a special swing dance treat will be provided by The Flat Cats.

The Ostende Dance Club originated in 1912 as a neighborhood dance group. The name was taken from a dance step that was popular at the time. Today, membership tops 40 couples from all over northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. While the actual Ostende step is no longer part of the group’s repertoire, other dances such as the Rumba, Fox Trot, Cha Cha, Waltz and Swing are. Formal dance training is not a requirement for membership, although a love of elegant dancing is. The yearly fee for membership in Ostende is $90 per couple.

Ostende is one of three Rockford-area dance clubs. In keeping with the spirit of the ballroom dance era of the 1940s and 1950s, members are asked to consider formal dress for their night out. Men are encouraged to don a tuxedo and women will find a full-length ball gown appropriate. Black suits for men and cocktail dresses are also suitable for those choosing to dance a little less formally. Members can decide what works best for their own personal dance style. All of the current membership agree that “putting on the ritz” every so often makes for a very special evening out.

Ostende Dance Club is welcoming new members. Those couples interested in joining should contact Sue Holmes at (815) 519-3330.

Posted Oct. 8, 2014

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