The dance party at the Marion Community Building proves to be a great success | Local News
By Mike Conley
A dance party recently held at the Marion Community Building proved to be a great success and more events are planned to be held there.
The dance party took place on the evening of Saturday July 30 at the Community Building. It began with a lesson in salon rhumba, the genre of ballroom music and dance that combines big band music and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Then the dance party continued into the evening.
Dance teachers Missy Lindsey and Lee Starr led the group. They have been professional ballroom and country dance teachers for over 30 years. Both are competitive dancers and have taught dance at the Asheville Ballroom in the past. They now bring their fancy steps to Marion.
In February, Lindsey and Starr gave dance lessons at the Municipal Event Center at the Larry D. Miller Complex.
Lindsey told The McDowell News that she was extremely pleased with the turnout on Saturday, July 30.
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“The night of the dance was the worst storm,” she said. “As I was getting ready for the party, I thought the numbers would be low due to the weather, and it was our first dance, and almost an hour or more for most of our dancers.”
To her surprise, the dancers kept coming before the dance lesson which was at 7:15 p.m. She said she had about 40 people for the dance lesson, which was amazing.
“Then the rest of the band showed up to over 70 people in attendance,” she told The McDowell News. “I was over the moon. There were people from Asheville, Weaverville, Hendersonville, Arden, Tryon, Rutherfordton, Morganton, Forest City, Hickory, Greenville SC and I’m sure I was unaware of some regions.
Also, a couple who came from Florida and a person who was camping in the area came to the dance. The Marion Dance Club had 12 members present.
“A lot of people I didn’t know, and a lot of my regulars,” Lindsey said. “I was so happy to see all the different groups of people get together and dance. I’m sure everyone made quite a few new friends that night. We did all the ballroom dancing, country , salsa, east and west coast and much more. All genres were played. The dance floor remained packed.
Bill Hodge, who worked in education in McDowell County for many years, was one of those dancers who enjoyed the evening.
“Last Saturday Linda and I had a dance party at the Marion Community Building,” he posted on Facebook. “Our McDowell Dance Club, which celebrated 35 years as a club, had to make a decision about its future. Now Missy Lindsey, a professional ballroom dancer, is running dance lessons followed by dance at the Marion Community Building Our large turnout was a big surprise.If you’ve been wanting dance lessons and a chance to try out the steps on the dance floor, here’s an opportunity.
Another dance event is scheduled for Saturday, August 27 at the Marion Community Building. Like last month, there will be a dance class at 7:15 p.m. (included in the price of admission) and it will be given by Lindsey and Starr. The lesson will be West Coast Swing. The dance party takes place from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $12 per person (cash or credit card accepted) and dress is casual.
“If you haven’t danced, you can come and enjoy lots of fun music, and we can even show you some basic steps to get you on the floor,” Lindsey told The McDowell News. “If you’re worried about coming to the ball, don’t be. Dancers are the most fun and laid back people around. And they love meeting new people and showing you fun dance moves they know.
There will be other balls at Marion on Oct. 29, Nov. 26 and Dec. 10. (Christmas ball). More details will be announced later. Lindsey also has group and private lessons at Marion on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
For more information you can contact Missy Lindsey via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010847855188 or email [email protected]