Founded in the summer of 1939, the Kilowatt Eights are the oldest active square dance club in the country and still do-si-doing with regular dances at the Malley Senior Center in Englewood, where the group just held its 74th anniversary dance on Oct. 4. It started as an activity of Public Service Company employees, who danced in the PSC garage, then the lunchroom. (Eventually, PSC ceased to support the club, but it continued on its own.)
And, for those who need some help with the steps and rhythms, there are weekly classes in team and group dancing, led by longtime callers/instructors Bob Riggs and Mike Darrah, at the Grandview Grange, across from the South Suburban Ice Rink at 2280 E. Noble Place, Centennial. Classes are from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, starting on Oct. 21 — and we are advised by club presidents Karen and Ron Dreher that it’s all right to start a couple weeks late.
The Kilowatt Eights flier announcing the classes claims that “an evening of dancing is equal to five miles of walking exercise,” and in a party atmosphere besides. (They are already planning the big 75th on Oct. 3, 2014.)
Classes are open to all: single, married, young or old. (No dance skills needed.)