Annual Dance Parties At Historic South City Club – Casa Loma Ballroom
ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Halloween fun can mean lots of different things to different people. Some will spend the weekend screaming through the many local spook houses. Other will dress up for trick-or-treat. There will be house parties, pub parties, and haunted hayrides—all classic choices. But for some, only something a little different will do. For them, Halloween will take a step back in time, a rock step…two…three…four! For these revelers, Halloween means swing dancing at the St. Louis Casa Loma Ballroom!
The ballroom at 3354 Iowa Street (at Cherokee) is practically a South City institution. For nearly 90 years, the Casa Loma Ballroom has been bringing dance bands and dancers together on one of the largest floating floors in the Midwest. The 5,000 square foot Maple-topped dance floor was installed after a fire destroyed the ballroom in 1940. The wood covers a one-inch bed of rubber, which acts as a cushion, making it more comfortable to dance the night away. And that’s just what people have been doing at the Casa Loma since 1927. Some of the greatest names in Swing, Jazz, Rock ‘n Roll, and Rhythm & Blues have played there: Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Bill Haley and the Comets. The list spans generations, and so do the dancers! Where else will you see 18-year-olds dancing alongside 80-year olds?
This year’s Halloween fun at the Casa Loma gets going Friday night, October 28, with a Halloween Swing Dance featuring Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers. They’re Casa Loma favorites and also well known around town for their Hot Jazz Brunch every Sunday at Evangeline’s Bistro & Music House (512 N Euclid Ave, in the Central West End), and the Wednesday night BIG ‘B’ Jamborees at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave, Maplewood). The Casa Loma Swing Dance party will feature the authentic swing and jump blues stylings of Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers featuring Valerie Kirchhoff’s high energy vocals. The party is open to all ages. Doors open at 7 p.m. You can brush up on your Swing dancing (or be introduced to it) with a dance lesson from 7:30 – 8 p.m. Then the band takes the stage and the party goes on until midnight. There’s a costume contest with “fun prizes.” Admission is $10 per person.
If Swing isn’t really your thing, or you’re looking for something to do Saturday night, then Casa Loma’s big Halloween bash might be the ticket. On October 29th, the Casa Loma Ballroom hosts its 89th Annual Halloween Costume Bash. The music will fast forward a few decades when another St. Louis favorite, That 80’s Band takes the stage from 8 p.m. to Midnight. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 per person. A pre-paid ticket gets you a reserved seat. Since this is a “Costume Bash,” be sure to dress up. There will be $500 in cash prizes for the best costumes. The Casa Loma Cafe will also be open during the party. There’s also plenty of parking on five safely-lit parking lots with attendants.
A STLRestaurant.News Exclusive Article by Susan Smith-Harmon (c) 2016