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Saturday, 21 December 2013 06:43

Dance club’s New Year’s Eve party to raise funds for Legion

Written by  Matthew Liebenberg
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The Good Tyme Dance Club is inviting people to put on their dancing shoes on New Year’s Eve to help them raise funds for the Swift Current Legion Hall building fund.


The club’s old-time dance party will take place at the Legion Hall and all proceeds will be donated towards the major renovation work at the building.
Good Tyme Dance Club President Verna Lynne Knipfel said the club wants to be part of the community efforts to raise funds for the Legion.
“A lot of us have a long history with functions at the Legion,” she mentioned. “I believe in the importance of the Legion and then it is a facility that has done a lot of good service and I think continue to do a lot of good service in the community.”
The old time dance party will be limited to 250 people to provide enough room for dancing.
“We think that will be comfortable for the people,” she said. “The people that come to our dances come to dance and so if there wasn’t a sufficiently-sized dance floor they’d be quite upset with us.”
Conrad and his Prairie Pals, a five-piece band from Shaunavon, will provide the musical entertainment. They will play a variety of dance music, including the polka, waltz, fox trot, barn dance, country two-step, seven-step, schottische and rock and roll.
“They like a variety of music,” she said about the dancers.
She added the music will not be so loud that people cannot visit.
Knipfel is hoping to see people from the wider Swift Current area attend the dance.
“We certainly did when we put on a special dance in the summer,” she said.
That dance also took place at the Legion Hall, which they use for their special events. During the past year, the Good Tyme Dance Club’s usual dances have taken place at Walker Place and before that they used the basement of the Swift Current Elks building.
“We usually get about 90 people out for a dance,” she said. “If our dance club continues to grow, the place we’re in now is barely big enough and so it’s possible that we might look to the Legion as a regular venue in the future.”
On New Year’s Eve, the Legion Hall doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for the old-time dance party and the music will start at 8:30 p.m. After the countdown to New Year and the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne there will be a midnight meal.
Advance tickets are $30 per person. Contact the Swift Current Legion office for tickets and table reservations at 306-773-2766. For more information about the New Year’s Eve dance party or the activities of the Good Tyme Dance Club, contact Knipfel at 306-774-5401.

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