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SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Dance the night away

2013-05-11T11:37:00Z 2013-05-13T11:10:07Z SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Dance the night awayDiane Poulton Times Correspondent
May 11, 2013 11:37 am  • 

CROWN POINT | According to its owner, Madison Street Dance Hall has the best dance floor in Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

“There is nowhere else that you can dance without hurting your knees,” said Babe Woodward, who co-owns the business with his wife Judy. “Otherwise, if you dance on a concrete or on a tile floor they are always sticky or hard and somewhere down the road your knees are going to hurt. On our floor, because it is hardwood that sits off the floor about six inches, it is not hard in a slide.”

Woodward, who has been teaching line dancing for more than 20 years with his wife, said he enjoys the camaraderie and fun.

“We have met many great people line dancing,” Woodward said. “People are happy and friendly. It’s fun to walk in and see 50 people dancing on that dance floor just having a good time. Even if you are in a bad mood when you walk in or you are tired, once you get there you perk up and you are happy. It’s a motivator in itself.”

Woodward offers a 90-minute Monday morning “Wiggles and Giggles” exercise class at the dance hall, 769 Madison St. Tuesday evenings an intermediate line dance class is held.

Coffee Kickers on Wednesdays is a women’s coffee klatch and 90-minute exercise class. Wednesday evening is the six-week beginner’s class at 6:30 where basic line dancing steps are taught. The beginner-improved class, also six weeks, follows at 7:45 p.m. Woodward said beginners learn up to 32 steps and improvers routines up to 48 steps.

Madison Street Dance Hall offers Friday night line dances at 7 p.m. at which beer and wine are now sold. Line dances are held on the first Saturday of each month and classic line dances on the second Saturday.

On the third Saturday of each month, Brooke Bocek holds a dance party. Bocek teaches social dancing Monday and Thursday evenings at the hall.

“Social dancing, which is entirely different than ballroom dancing, is more casual and more relaxed, the kind of dance you can do anywhere, whether at a wedding or a local bar,” Bocek said. “It looks more natural to those environments and is easier to learn than ballroom dancing.”

Bocek, who has been teaching for nine years, started out working for a ballroom dance studio but became an independent instructor four years ago.

Bocek teachers her favorite dances the West Coast swing, salsa and blues.

“I’m forging new ground in Northwest Indiana,” Bocek said.

The first Sunday of each month Madison Street Dance Hall hosts USA Ballroom Dance Association dances from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Woodward said.

For information about social dancing, contact Bocek at (219) 613-6069 or Woodward at (219) 776-7053 about line dancing classes.

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