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American Dancer Article Nov-Dec 2014

Dr. Linda Runyon (Dr. Runyon teaches AP English at Mayde Creek High School in Katy, TX. She is also an avid ballroom dancer with her husband, board member Chuck Runyon.)

Mix glamor, glitz, and dancing and it was PROM NIGHT at Houston's USA Dance Chapter 5003 Second Saturday Dance on June 14th.

Excitement was in the air as Houston's Channel 39 (KIAH) was on hand to film the event for the Houston Subculture NewsFix segment. Amid interviews and camera shots, candle lights flickered on table tops, music swelled, and dancers waltzed, quickstepped, and foxtrotted their way around the dance floor. Swing, jive, and rumba rounded out an evening of dancing. A photo booth was available for dancers to crown themselves Prom King or Queen and capture the special moment. After the cheers and applause for professional dancers Cristiano Callegari and Katia Kuznetsova who demonstrated an elegant tango, the night's Prom Court selected the King and Queen. The video can be seen at

Houston's Chapter 5003 Board of Directors chooses a theme for the monthly dances which is communicated via email and announcements to members and guests. Dancers are encouraged to dress the part. From ugly Christmas sweaters in December to 1940s fashion for the hangar dance at the Hobby Airport airplane museum, costumes liven up the evening. Getting people out on the dance floor is not a problem in Houston. A Meet Up group attends most monthly dances. Tables labeled "Shall We Dance" which are reserved for Dancers without Partners are buzzing with activity as both men and women ask others to dance. The evening begins with an hour class that affords even the newest dancers the opportunity to learn a few steps. Prom Night was no exception, beginning with instruction on Rumba, which appealed to the large number of new dancers. A large group of college students from The University of Houston, Rice University, and St. Thomas University among others enjoyed reminiscing about their proms with members whose proms were decades ago.

Diversity is the key to Houston's success. Dancers come from a variety of cultures, ethnicities, and ages. Exhibitions range from the elegant tango performed by professionals, to playful sambas performed by pro-am teams, to formation swing performed by students from a local school. Themes for dances are also diverse. Prom Night in June will be followed by Independence Day - Support our Country in July to Sadie Hawkins and Texas County BBQ for the second and fifth Saturday dances in August.

See you on the dance floor!