Save the dance |

Save the dance

The Roaring Fork Social Dancers, now known as Let's Just Dance, are hosting a pot luck fundraiser on Saturday to help them cover the costs of insurance and facility fees.
Jessica Cabe / Post Independent file |

If You Go...

Who: Let’s Just Dance

What: Fundraiser, potluck and silent auction

When: 5 p.m. on Saturday

Where: Barn at 36 Springridge Court

How Much: Bring dish to share and cash for silent auction items or donations

Community dances at the Third Street Center are getting a little more complicated, and social dance group Let’s Just Dance needs help to keep the program going.

Sherry Williams, who dances with Let’s Just Dance and advises the group’s board of directors, said most venues are now requiring that the group carry commercial general liability insurance in order to use their facilities. That insurance will cost the group $953 for the year. In addition, many venues are requiring a deposit of $250 or more.

Dancers already pay $8 at the door (or $14 per couple), but that won’t be enough to cover these new costs. The board considered creating a club with monthly dues for members, but that seemed to put too much pressure on dancers to commit rather than come to community dances when they pleased.

“The group got together, and one of the ladies said, ‘It would just be a nightmare to keep track of club members,’ and we wanted to keep things simple and fun for everyone,” Williams said. “So we thought, let’s see if we can rally people in the community. It was an idea that popped out there and evolved into this fundraiser.”

At 5 p.m. on Saturday at the barn at 36 Springridge Court, Let’s Just Dance will host a potluck fundraiser with a silent auction and live music from Caleb Dean and other local musicians. Attendees should bring a dish to pass and cash to purchase silent auction items or give donations.

Williams said she has no suggestions as to which dish to bring.

“I am just throwing caution to the wind and saying, ‘Bring your favorite potluck dish,’” she said. “I’m sure it’ll come together just perfectly.”

As of Tuesday night, the silent auction consisted of 35 items, including gift certificates for stays at swanky hotels in Aspen and Snowmass and private lessons with professional dancers in the area who teach tango, blues, West Coast swing, country dancing and more.

“We’re trying to keep it open and make everything available that people are interested in,” Williams said.

Although the fundraiser is open to non-dancers and is more of a community gathering than a social dance event, Williams hopes it will bring exposure to the group as well as raise money.

“I think there are people who would love to dance, but they’re just not aware of the opportunity,” she said. “Social dancing is wonderful exercise, and people seem to have fun when they dance. You see a lot of smiling faces. And it’s just a really good social outlet. They really open their arms to anyone to come in.”

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