Ballroom Dance Club to Kick Off Season on Sepember 14 in Wheeling

Photo Provided The Walley Gingers Orchestra will be featured in the Big Band 200 Club in Wheeling dance on Dec. 7.

WHEELING — The Board of Directors of the Big Band 200 Club in Wheeling announces its 2019-20 season.

The season begins on Sept. 14 with Ross Denman — a Pittsburgh-area disc jockey with extensive experience (and an extensive playlist) from years of ballroom dances in Washington, Pa.

A highlight of the season will be the Dec. 7 dance, which will take place on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The dance will feature the Wally Gingers Orchestra, which is the only band in the region that was playing during World War II that still plays today. The usual dress code will be altered that evening to encourage the wearing of suits and dresses from or like those from that time period. World War II veterans are invited to attend the dance without charge, and will be recognized at the dance for their service.

Lite Touch returns on March 14, with their signature blend of Big Band, Standards, Latin, and Doo-Wop. Perennial favorite Wally Merriman and his group will offer their mix of dance favorites on May 16. Talent has not yet been booked for the June 20 dance; however, the dress code will also be relaxed for the June dance to encourage dancers to dress in keeping with the Luau theme.

The other three dances are formal-optional: formal wear is “admired, but not required.” Men must wear a tie at all times and a jacket while on the dance floor. Women may wear a dress, skirt, or slacks, as long as the outfit is dressy and tasteful.

Once again, all the dances will be held at the Osiris Shrine, on the corner of National Road and Kruger Street in Elm Grove. All dances include the traditional coffee and doughnuts during the intermissions. All dances are BYOB, but the club will provide soft drinks, ice, and snacks at no charge. The most significant change this year is starting the dances an hour earlier, at 7 p.m.

There is a cost for a full five-dance subscription. Subscribers may bring a guest or guest couple to a dance at no cost, but a particular individual or couple may attend only one free dance in a five-year period. Anyone may attend any number of dances at a cost per person, or different cost for students with proper student ID. Call Membership chairwoman Diane Demarest at 304-280-3206 or email bigband200club@hotmail.com or the visit the club’s Facebook page for more information, to subscribe, or to buy tickets for a single dance.

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