Ballroom Dance MV is the Island's own ballroom dance group where all are welcome! The dancers meet informally once a week on a sunday, year-round to practice and to enjoy all types of ballroom dance. This includes:Swing (eastcoast & west coast); Salsa; Mambo; Cha Cha; Rhumba, Bolero, Samba; Fox Trot; Eglish Waltz; Viennese Waltz; Quick Step; Tango; and sometmes, ArgentineTango. The member dancers, who have been meeting since 1996, (See our History page), are year round residents, summer residents, and visitors to the island. They all share a love of dance and an eagerness to share their dance knowledge and new steps with fellow dancers. Each Sunday, a dance member gives a free half hour dance lesson.
During the summer, Tom and Dorothy Newton, members of Dance USA, Inc. and long time dance teachers, provide the weekly lessons. Jay Airis, a part time resident who is certfied to teach ballroom dance also gives some lessons. During the rest of the year, our experienced members take turns teaching. Recently, we have had the pleasure of being taught Argentine Tango by Dwight Carter, a professional teacher from New York City, who graces our dance floor a couple of times a year.
Ballroom Dance MV members are active in many dance venues. They have done dance demonstrations at various town festivals. They have performed yearly in Built on Stilts, a week long summer dance festival, run by professional dancers from New York. Members have also appeared in Yard productions. This past year, some of our members danced in the Argentine Tango show at the Whaling Church in Edgartown, and at the Belly Dance Revue at the Catherine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. This fall, the members are taking turns teaching ballroom dance to the Charter school students in West Tisbury. The dancers often attend dance workshops and some run their own dance classes.
Two or three times a year, Ballroom Dance MV hosts a dance party, complete with a live band. Our treasurer Christine McLean, who sings with "Barking Daisy" provides the music and song.