Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Hey, this info was collected and posted by Michael
for MEET-UP..

Prairie Ballroom, and Dance Club: 3rd Sat's. 7-8PM $5/pp dance lesson with Cathy Hempstead. Ballroom Dance with wonderful Ballroom music 8-11pm. $5/pp; (Member: $3/pp). 4000 sq.ft floor. Playlists provided. Requests taken. Illiopolis, IL. www.PLDC.org. Facebook: Time2dance and Prairie Land Dance Club - "like" them to keep up to date on what's going on at the club. 217-428-1560. Ask about joining the club!

CAC dances:
1st/3rd Fridays are Salsa class with dance following.
4th Friday's are swing class with swing dance following.
$6/pp. 8:30 PM class; 9:30 PM Dance.
Children welcome as long as you keep an eye on them since the art studio is there. There is a cash bar, yes, children would be 'carded'. But they are welcome. That's great for us single parents - we get to learn to dance with our children and/or let them experience healthy ways that adults can have fun. You can buy food in the Rhythm Kitchen below and bring it up, or even bring your own food/drink (non-alcoholic) as well. Tables for groups can be reserved (so if you RSVP, we can reserve!) . Swing class has lots of room and seating I understand. Salsa pulls in a big crowd and it is standing room only if you miss the tables. Park across street or at meters on road in front. Phone: 674-6822. Come in under the silver sign, take elevator to 2R. DJ. Plays requests.

Itoo Hall each Thursday. 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria. Live band. 7-10 PM. $6, unless Phaze is playing, then $10. See DancingDates.com for near term listing of bands and price/time verification. Good dance floor. Good parking. Lots of seating, so can join with others, or sit with your dance partner alone.
www.itoohall.com. 309-676-9725.

Layfayette Club: 4th Fridays. I understand the floor is large, and it caters a bit to singles over 30. Google for details.

Miss Edie's Oasis: 4th Sunday's. Doors open at 6. Dance 6:30-10 PM. $10. Live Band. Some line dancing, some country music, group stationary cha-cha 1X/night. Good parking. Dance floor can get crowded; seating not a problem.

Body Fitness in Peoria has classes, open dances, and private lessons.

Judithe Rexford of Peoria Heights' Rexford Dance Studio has classes, open dances, and private lessons. All are very reasonably priced. Can dance both man's and woman's part so you don't need a couple to teach an individual. 309-682-8669.

Body Fitness in Peoria: EC Swing class with dance following. 2cd Sat's. Class 7-8 PM. Dance: 8-12. Peoria. Prerecorded music. Phone: 685-1950. Parking can be challenging if not early, just park and walk a tad (dress for weather). Holiday dances are standing room only. Limited seating at times.

Body Fitness' just started monthly open dance, intending to cover ballroom. See website for details. Parking can be challenging if not early, just park and walk if too late.

E.Peoria Park District has ballroom dancing on 2cd and 4th Saturday at their Fond Du Lac building. 7-10PM. $5/pp. Always Live Bands. Requests taken. Just off 74, just East of the river, next to Super 8 and Monical's. Good parking. Large floor. Lots of seating.

Galesburg has a swing band and plays each month, and welcomes people to dance to their tunes. They are 3rd Thursdays,but not sure if it is summer only... And lost contact for band...

Dancing Dates:
Recurring Monthly Dance schedules:

1. 1st Sundays ~ Miller Park Pavilion ~ 5:30 - 8:30 PM ~ Admission $7 ~ Featuring Recorded Music
2. 1st Fridays ~ Miller Senior Citizen Center ~ 7-10PM ~Admission:
3. 1st & 3rd Fridays ~ Salsa at Contemporary Art Center ~ 8:30 Lesson; 9:30 - 12:30 Dance ~ Admisson: $3 Members/ 6 Non-members ~ Featuring : DJ Ed Cabellero
4. 4th Fridays ~ Swing at Contemperary Art Center~ Lesson: 8:30; Dance 9:30 - 12:30 ~ Admission: 3 Members/ $6 Non-members ~ Featuring: DJ Matt Vasquez
5. Every Thursday ~ Itoo Banquet Hall ~ 7 - 10 PM ~ Admission $6 ($10 when Phaze is playing)
6. 2nd & 4th Saturdays ~ Fon du Lac Park District Administration Center ~ 7-10PM ~ Admission: $5
7. 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays ~ Wrainbow Ballroom Tea Dance ~ 2-5 PM ~ Admission $5
8. 4th Fridays ~ Lafayette Club ~ Featuring DJ Duke Babb

Thursday, January 06, 2011

updates 1/6/2011



HAPPY 2011!!!
Did y'all have a good time and stay sober?
I had a real good time with SISTER GROOVE at The Parke Hotel. Their buffet table was wonderful... filling and then their dessert selection was TO DIE FOR!!!
The DJ and the band kept several decades of music coming to us and kept us on the floor...

So, we're off for another great year, except I'M EXHAUSTED...

OK.. can you tell i'm having trouble getting a e-letter out.. so I've cut & pasted all the info from YOUR emails and sending them on...
This in NO WAY means that we've hit all the dance spots... but hey... I'm tired... been doing a ton of petsitting..

Thanks to everyone who sent me emails.. cause here are YOUR emails...


First.. let's not forget that The Juvae Jazz Society has a wonderful event and ballroom dance going on in Decatur on that first weekend in February.. ballroom dance is Sat. night...

Second, the ISU JAZZ Ensembles WILL have a special Valentine Dance...2/13/11 at 7pm. This dance is at The New Lafayette Club in Bloomington. Tom gets the students playing dance music from '40s to current disco... always a great fundraiser...


Friday, January 7th
1) Social Dance w/ Double Trouble @ Eagles, Bloomington; $5, 7-10pm

2) Salsa Dance & Lessons w/ DJ Ed Caballero @ Contemporary Art Center, Peoria; more info $6, 8:30pm-9:30pm Dance Lesson, 9:30pm-12:30am Open Dance; more info at peoriacac.org

3) Ballroom Dance @ Regent Ballroom, Savoy; $8, 8-11pm

4) Country Dance @ Prairie Land Dance Club, Illiopolis; 7-11pm, more info at www.pldc.org

5) Live Music w/ @ Crystal Palace, Pontiac; $3, 9pm-1am; See their schedule at cdscrystalpalace.com or call 815-842-1590

6) Live Music w/ @ Stone Country, Bartonville; $5, 7pm-1am

7) live music and dancing at The Castle Theater in downtown Bloomington with SALLY WEISENBERG AND BAND... 7 pm...

Saturday, January 8th
1) Live Music w/ Biscuits N Gravy Band @ VFW, Bloomington; $3, 8pm-midnight

2) Lvs2Dnc Party @ Prairie Land Dance Club, Illiopolis; more info at www.pldc.org

3) Second Saturday Swing Dance @ Body Fitness, Peoria; more info at www.fitndance.com

Sunday, January 9th
1) Singles/Social Dance w/ DJ Duke Babb @ CD’s Crystal Palace; $7, 4-8pm

2) Tea Dance w/ Wayne & Jen Wright @ Wrainbow Ballroom, Bloomington; $5, 2-5

Keep Dancing, Heather


Hello Dancers!!!

I just wanted you to know we have scheduled a GREAT band for our dance Jan. 16 that I'm sure you will really enjoy...DAN RIVERO TRIO (Bill will be in CA). I'll attach flyers and would appreciate it if you help get the word out.

Pat Lyttaker's next round of lessons ($20 for six 1 hour lessons) at the Eagles Club in Springfield will begin Jan. 20th. I'll have info you can pick up at our dance and perhaps arrange to carpool. The location is on the east side of Spgfd and car-pooling makes it even more fun!

Don't forget the dance in Tuscola this Saturday. There's lots of dancing going on in Illiopolis, too. Check out dancingdates.com for dance information/cancellations. If our dance has to be cancelled due to weather, I'll contact dancingdates.com. I'll probably leave a message on my phone by noon that Sunday also...217-875-3090. I sure hope the weather cooperates!!!

Keep on dancin'!!!
Central Illinois Friendship Dance
Where: Tuscola Community Center (122 W North Central Ave)
When: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, 2nd Saturday of the month
Who: Dancing Singles & Couples
Admission: $10.00
DJ Ted Lust (or whoever can fill in for him) plays your requests and a variety of dance music. Come by yourself or bring friends and join in the dancing.
There will be soda and refreshments available to compliment the goodies you bring.
For Possible Cancellation Due To Weather, Call 1-217-246-5953.
Volunteer opportunities available.
Upcoming Dances during 2011:
Feb 12, Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14, Jun 11,
Jul 9, Aug 13, Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10
Happy New Year!!!

Our singles/social dance aka "2nd Sunday singles/social dance" at the Crystal Palace in Pontiac will be on Jan. 9th. Same time & price. Duke will be the DJ for me. If you could please get the word out for me that would be great. Hope to see.

Please check out the following sites for many more dance ops ...

http://www.dancingdates.com use this site and link to Peoria dance events..

and when I get tired or tied up with life.. here's my blog to maybe keep you posted
( my personal dance blog or this email... so info available either way)

All info collected by me, Retro Rita
and I'm more than happy to add your dance event to this list:




Pontiac's Crystal Palace
Pontiac IL
SINGLES/SOCIAL DANCE on Sun. Jan. 9th (confirmed)
DJ Duke Babb will be there..
$7, 4-8 pm...
light munchies, cash bar... great wood floor!!!!


Decatur: The dance will be held in the 5600 sq. ft. Banquet Center of the newly remodeled Knights of Columbus Hall, 520 E. North St which is one block S of Eldorado (Rt 36) and Martin Luther King (SE of St. Patrick Church).

We hope to have this dance every 3rd Sunday, January 16th
5:00-8:00 PM, so MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Proceeds will go to New Life Pregnancy Center.

See above for the band playing this next dance

++A live band, JUKEBOX, featuring Bill Cunninham and Mike Lewis, will be playing. Decatur K of C has a full service lounge and cafe; dinner before/during/or after the dance is an option.

Keep on dancin'!
Jan Loftus

Held at American Legion Hall at 201 Prospect Place. $5 donation. 7pm, DJ.
Find out dates by going to ; http://the217.com/events
Singles or singles that are couples

with Hostess Ms. Edie...
Ms. Edie's Oasis on Farmington Road, 309-657-6577
Peoria IL...
the Fourth Sunday of the month. 6:30-10, $10. with DOUBLE TROUBLE...
email: msedieoasis@gmail.com


located in Tuscola... !!!

Dances on the second Sat. night of every month: Jan. 8th. ++++++++++++++

Everyone over 21 is welcome. Couples, singles, married.... 7:30-10:30 pm.
no smoking, no alcohol. DJ Ted Lust
Food, Dancing, door prizes.
Tuscola Community Building in Tuscola. 122 W. North Central Ave.
$8 for singles/ $15 for couples.


40+ Singles Dance!!! Jan. 28th

DJ: Duke Babb ... $10. 8-11:30 pm.

Cash Bar, bring munchies to share
All Welcome!!!
4TH Friday of the month!!!

LOCATION: BLOOMINGTON, The New Lafayette CLub. 1602 S. Main St. ... bar. floating wood dance floor, 309-828-1212
Duke's website with photos: http://centralillinoissinglesdance.com
more info above.....