by Cori Hilsgen
The second Winter Dance held Feb. 13 at the Church of St. Joseph parish center drew a crowd of about 150 people.
Organizer Nancy Ebel said the crowd was a nice mix of St. Joseph Parish members, parents of the band members, St. Cloud Dance Club members and St. Joseph townspeople.
St. Joseph residents Steve and Nancy Streng taught dancers the steps to the Foxtrot and the East Coast Swing.
The Strengs are founding members of the St. Cloud Ballroom Dance Club and have been dancers since 2006.
Nancy Streng said the club’s primary function is to host dances every Saturday night in the St. Cloud area, during which a lesson is included. She said they were invited to St. Joseph to partner with them to share in the cost of the dance.
The event was a Club “field trip” at a different location other than their usual location at Fitness Evolution in Sartell.
The Strengs taught the group dance steps under their “Out of the Box Ballroom Dance, LLC” personal business.
“We specialize in events that bring ballroom dance to non-traditional venues (such as) churches, community organizations (and more) and we also offer small group and private dance lessons,” Nancy Streng said.
Members of the group Jazz Dot Combo, directed by David Herdan, entertained dancers with big band, jazz and other music.
“The band was quite impressive,” Ebel said.
Besides listening to music, dancing and visiting, attendees enjoyed cheesecake dessert with strawberries and whipped cream.