Founded in 1946 as the "Mr & Mrs Dance Club", the Ballroom Dance Club has a rich heritage in the Sioux Falls area. Early dances were held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center and Ramada Inn.
When the club began, members had to be married males at least 25 years of age or older. Their wives were considered inactive and designated "honorary members" whose membership would terminate upon their husbands' termination. In its early years the club accepted up to 200 couples by vote of secret ballot with a waiting list of couples wanting to be in the club.
The club's dances remained very popular through the 50's and 60's with such bands as Ray's Rhythm, Tiny Little, Phil James, Shirley's, Billy Redman, Wally Jerome, Danny Kealy, The Oakleys, Johnny Soyer, Jimmy Darrell, Marvin Reedstrom and Sammy Jensen.
In the early years of the club, couples dressed quite formally to attend the dances. As time went on and society became more casual so did the dress for the club. Today the club still requests business casual to dressy attire to make the monthly dances a special evening out.
In 1982 the dance club joined forces with the El Riad Dance Club and held the dances at the former Arkota Ballroom, now the El Riad Shrine.
In 1997, the club moderized its name to the Couples Dance Club and finally, in 2009 the club became the Ballroom Dance Club. Today, singles are welcome to join the club along with couples. The big band dances are held on the 2nd Friday of each month and are open to the public. Popular dances remain the Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot and Polka along with Rumba, Cha Cha, and Tango.
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