December 14th will be our Holiday Dance at 301 on Main
January 25, 2019 will be our Member Appreciation Dance at B-Dale Club
Spotlight on club members
Just for fun
Members of our club volunteered to help make a promotional video for the city of Anoka. To view, click here
Maryann retired as club president. Appreciation was shown by club members for a job well done over the last few years. Here are a few pictures taken at the last dance she was still acting president.
Thank you Ray for 32 years of service! Ray joined the Club on December 1, 1982 ten months after the Club began; he is Member #50. He took over the treasurer’s job in 1986 and served a total of 28 years as treasurer before retiring on June 24, 2016. Ray also wore many other hats. He ran the front desk admission table. He was responsible for the setup and takedown of room decorations at B-Dale dances many of which he made. He used his craftsman skills to make elaborate displays for our Anniversary and Holiday dances. He also coordinated the food menus and picked up and delivered the food for those dances. In the Club’s early years Ray also served as the backup for the DJ. Ray was awarded a Lifetime Membership for his dedication and long-time service to the MWCSDC.
Loren joined the MWCSDC on March 21, 1982; Member #14. He was elected the Club’s first President in 1983 and was our only DJ and dance instructor for 20 years. Loren retired from teaching and playing music in 2014. He came up through the Arthur Murray system as an instructor. He worked there for six years before he taking a job with the US Post Office. He taught West Coast Swing and ballroom dancing at various places in the Twin Cities. Loren was awarded a Lifetime Membership for his dedication and long-time service to the MWCSDC.
To contact Loren, send a message to Maryann at Info@MWCSDC.com
Biography's by Paul Gorgos
In Loving Memory,
Eleanor Grace Van
Elle passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the age of 99 years! Elle moved to an assisted living home in Pocatello, Idaho in 2015 to be closer to her son. She was a dear dancing friend of the Club for many years and an inspiration to all of us!
Elle joined the Minnesota West Coast Swing Dance Club on September 17, 1982 and was elected to the first Board of Directors in 1983. She and Dorothy Hoffman coordinated the refreshment table at the B-Dale dances for 15 years, starting in 1984. Elle was awarded a Lifetime Membership in 2006 for her dedication and service to the Club. She loved to dance and was still dancing into her 90s before moving to Idaho. She was always excited to dance at the State Fair. The dance community in Minnesota loved Elle! Always dressed to the nines and greeted us with a hug at the B-Dale dances. A sweet sweet woman. She will be missed.
Janet passed away on January 3, 2018 at the age of 83. Janet and her husband, John, were long-time members of the Minnesota West Coast Swing Dance Club, about 30 years. They were avid West Coast Swing dancers and hardly missed a dance!
Janet was known for her friendliness and cheerfulness at dances, as well as her great energy! She and John were admired in the dance community as they were good dancers! In the last few years, they also became interested in dancing Argentine Tango.