Seniors put on dancing shoes on Fridays
The idea for the Capital Senior Center began when a group of seniors who danced every Friday night outgrew their dance hall. They approached government and business leaders about the need for a senior center in Columbia, and soon plans were underway to build the Center at Maxcy Gregg Park. It opened its doors in 1995, and dancing has been an integral part of the programming at the Center ever since. Many other activities are on the schedule, but dancing remains one of the most popular to this day.
The Center’s Friday night dances are an institution. At 7:30 p.m. each Friday the house band begins playing old favorites and new tunes from Glen Miller to beach music. You’ll see just about every kind of dance there: the Waltz, Shag, Cha Cha, Fox Trot, and even a line dance or two. Many of the original dance group members still come every week. Cost of admission is $5 per person.
In addition to the Friday night dances, special dances are held four times a year at the Center when attendees don semi– formal attire and enjoy music of the Big Band era with local favorites Dick Goodwin, Ross Holmes, the Capital City Band, and the Blue Serenade Orchestra. This year two Shag Dances, an R & B Line Dance, and Salsa Socials were added to the calendar.
The 2011 schedule is as follows.
April 29 Shag Dance with the Sensational Epics (casual dress)
May 17 Capital City Band (semi–formal)
June 17 Dick Goodwin Band (semi-formal)
July 22 R & B Line Dance (business casual)
August 5 Shag Dance with the Sensational Epics (casual dress)
October TBA Ross Holmes Band ( semi– formal)
For those who need to brush up on their steps or learn a new dance, lessons are offered weekly at the Center. Salsa lessons are given on the first and third Monday at 5:50 p.m. and 7 p. m., R & B line dancing on Monday at 11:30 a.m., and Shag lessons are on Tuesday at 5:30.
For more information, call the CSC at 803- 779-1971.