MCC hosts annual Valentine’s Dance on Saturday night

By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 10:47 am on Monday, February 11, 2013

SIDNEY — A night of elegant fun is planned for Saturday at Montcalm Community College.

The fifth annual Valentine’s Dance is from 7 to 9 p.m. on the Sidney campus in the activities building gymnasium, and the evening will offer a live band for those looking for a place to do some dancing.

Dean of Instruction and Student Development Gary Hauck started the event five years ago.

“This night is a wonderful opportunity to listen to some great music and do some dancing,” Hauck said. “Max Colley III will be performing the musical selections for the evening.”

According to Colley’s website, he is active in the West Michigan jazz scene both teaching, giving clinics and workshops, and performing on trumpet and drums with the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, Bob Taylor’s Mid-Town Horns, The Truth in Jazz Orchestra, The Gull Lake Orchestra, Evidence, Gumbo Nuveau, and the Max Colley III Quartet.

This year’s Valentines dance is swing focused, and is free and open to the public.

“The focus is on swing dancing but there will be a variety of dances during the evening,” Hauck said. “It will be a wonderful night of dancing and it is free to attend.”

Dean of Community and Workforce Development Susan Hatto assisted planning the event in the past.

“I’m not part of the planning this year but I know it will be fun,” Hatto said. “Each year it has been a great time and a very inexpensive night out.”

The MCC Valentines dance continues to grow each year.

“The past two years the dances have been great,” Hatto said. “We have had good community turnout and each year I get call from the community thanking us for a wonder evening.”

It also encourages couples and those who are single to come out and experience the fun.

“Often there are singles who come with friends and enjoy this community event,” Hatto said. “They dance with their friends or just sit and listen to the music.”

Student development coordinator Lisa Gardner is assisting Hauck with this year’s festivities.

“I am very excited for Saturday night it should be a lot of fun,” Gardner said. “We will have punch, pretzels and mints during the evening.”

According to Gardner the community is welcome anytime between 7 and 9 pm to enjoy the continuous music selections from the band.

“I am looking forward to all those who wish to come on out and enjoy the good music,” Gardner said.

The night isn’t only for those who are elegant on their feet spectators are welcome too.

“It will be a like a concert event so you don’t have to dance,” Hauck said. “There will be tables for those who would just like to sit and enjoy the musical selections being played.”

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