SaddleBrooke Ballroom Dance Club – Always time for a great Foxtrot

Steve Holdener

In the July column I mentioned a favorite Frank Sinatra Foxtrot tune. Another favorite Foxtrot song of mine was also recorded by Frank Sinatra titled Swinging On A Star, which according to Wikipedia “is an American pop standard.” It was first sung by Bing Crosby in the 1944 film Going My Way, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song that year. Song writer Jimmy Van Heusen was dinning at Crosby’s house one evening and discussing a song for the movie Going My Way. During the meal one of the children began complaining that he didn’t want to go to school the next day. Bing turned to his son and said, “If you don’t go to school, you, might grow up to be a mule. Do you wanna do that?” Van Heusen thought this clever rebuke would make a good song for the movie. He pictured Crosby, who played a priest, talking to a group of children acting much the same way as Bing’s child had acted that night. Van Heusen took the idea to his partner, lyricist Johnny Burke. Swinging On A Star was the result.

Frank Sinatra did a cover of Swinging On A Star in 1964 on his album Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, and Other Academy Award winners. This song is always a catchy tune to get you in the mood to trot a fox!

Our dance club provides a forum via our monthly dinner/dances at HOA1 in the Vistas Dining Room with the adjacent Vermilion Room dance floor on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. as well as weekly open dances/practices on Sunday afternoons 4:00-5:30 p.m. at MountainView Ballroom and Wednesday afternoons 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Vermilion Room. We have wonderful music provided by great DJs who play excellent dance music.

The Ballroom Dance Club is planning five separate dinner/dances for 2014/2015, starting with November 14 and December 27, 2014; then on to January 16, March 20 and April 11, 2015. Be sure to mark these dates on your calendars for the end of this year and the winter/spring months of 2015.

There is a lot of dancing activity this summer with our first Tuesday gatherings at the SaddleBrooke clubhouse as well as the weekly open dances/practices. Come join us and meet new and old friends and share in the joy of dancing! Please feel free to share your own favorite dance story or ballroom tune; you can write me at  [email protected].