Weekend features three dances

DeKALB —Dancers “in the mood” for some big band music may want to check out the eighth annual Let’s Dance Big Band Weekend presented by Just Make It Happen Inc., July 19-21 in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University. The event includes three big band dance orchestras, two levels of dance instruction and a family sock hop. Leather-soled shoes are required for dancers.

Balcony seats to listen to the music are available for $5. Tables on the main floor for dancers are available for $25. Tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes before any dance or lesson. Meals are available for those who register in advance; there will not be food available for guests who buy tickets at the door.

The Welcome Dance, featuring the 14-piece Johnnie Kaye Orchestra, will be 8 to 11 p.m. July 19. On July 20, lessons in waltz, swing, foxtrot and Latin dance will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $6 per person, per lesson and day-of registration opens at 8 a.m.

The family Sock Hop takes over the ballroom from 2 to 4 p.m. July 20. The Shananigan Combo will play familiar music with family-friendly lyrics at a family-friendly volume. Children can visit the stage, and there will be simple dance instruction. Tickets are $20 per family at the door. Families can bring their own table decorations – no helium balloons – but must clean up their own table. Sock Hop participants must wear good, clean socks.

John Smith and the Shananigans Big Band will play at the Gala Ball from 8 to 11:15 p.m. July 20. Dick Elliott’s 10-piece orchestra will provide the music for Sunday’s dance, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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