Eagles Ballroom offers partner-dance lessons

For anyone who wishes to learn, Olympia Dance is offering partner-style dance lessons at the Eagles Grand Ballroom from 8 p.m. to midnight on Thursdays. All types of music and dance are entertained at the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) club, situated at 805 4th Ave East at the corner of 4th and Plum Street.

Standing in the 2000 square foot room with genuine hardwood flooring, one can smell the antiquity of the vintage building, built in 1927.  It is boasted as being the finest and largest wooden dance floor in all of Olympia. The room is headed up with a 180 square foot stage, from which a modern digital disk jockey or live band plays. It is from there that Greg Moir, an accomplished entertainer, does his disk jockey magic using a laptop and digital technology.

The type of dance one can learn varies from basic ballroom to alternative dancing, which involves being able to “move to the groove” with rhythm & blues, modern hip hop, new wave and other types of non-standard dance music.

Danielle Hayes, Eagles FOE#21 Rental Manager and event coordinator, stated that anyone can learn how to dance at OLY DANCE.  Hayes said that the doors open at 8 p.m. but the facility is usually available a little earlier, so people can ask questions and get an orientation, while the staff prepares the room for the evening’s get-down-and-boogie session.

A quick introduction lesson is held from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and dancing continues until you drop, or the clock strikes midnight, whichever comes first.

The main instructor is Lynda Zeman. Zeman is a nationally certified ballroom dance instructor. Among the many varieties of dance available, she teaches the Waltz, Fox Trot, Quick Step, Tango, Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba, Bachata, Bolero, Swing, Samba, the Two Step and Night Club (Alternative style dancing such as Swing, Fusion, Hip Hop, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk, etc).

The cost is five dollars for the Thursday night sessions or $10-$12 a week for both the Tuesday and Thursday night events. The Tuesday night classes are hosted by Christine Corey. Lessons are from 7-7:30 pm and dancing is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. If a holiday falls on a given event night, the ballroom will still be open to the public in most cases,   and lessons are free on those nights.