Dakota Country Dance Club Inducted into Legends of South Dakota Country Music
Posted on: 09-27-2014 at 9:21 am in
Legends of South Dakota
Country Music induction, September 21, 2014
Our next inductee isn’t a musician or
a band. It is a non-profit organization consisting of people who love and
supported Country Music. They wanted to express that love of country music
through dancing. A study by National
Academy of Sciences found that music and dancing share a paralleled expression
of emotion. Basically or emotionally, music moves us.
Mary Louis Smith, the cornerstone of
this movement, wanted to share her emotion through country dance. In 1980 the
movie Urban Cowboy with John Travolta came out and this movement of country
dance and music exploded. Mary’s Dance Academy and the Civic Dance Association
began teaching and expanded into Community Education classes, the Rainbow Bar
and the Stardust Lounge. Couples like Jerry & Kathy Nusz soon learned how
In the spring of 1984, six people
wanted to create an organization to promote country dancing. Their ideas were
shared with a group being organized as country western performance dancers. By
late summer, Dakota Country Dance Club was born with 65 members. Dave
Rasmusson, Jerry & Kathy Nusz, 30 year Charter Members started in the
Performance Group. Mary Louise Smith continued teaching and as new students
flourished more teachers emerged. Jerry & Kathy Nusz, Jerry VanVeek &
Susanne Paradeis, Jerry & Peni Burns and Dick Mortenson & Renee Whalen to
name a few. They taught in places like Tea Legion, Benton Hall in Crooks,
Acoustic Hall in Dell Rapids, the Hartford Legion and spread out from there.
There was the Luverne & Sioux Falls VFW, Long Branch Saloon in Worthington,
MN. As the membership grew, dance lessons were being taught complementary in
places like Barrowed Bucks Roadhouse, Twisters in Tea and the Grain Bin. They
danced to bands at the Moose and Elks clubs and the El Riad Shrine Mosque
Downtown Sioux Falls.
Dakota Country Dance Club followed these
bands and played their music in many local and regional places in the tri-state
area. Bands like Diamond Country, Enterprise and Little Canyon band. There was
Yesterday’s Wine, American Made, the Bee Kays and Vermillion band to name a
few. These bands, their musicians, flourished right along with the dance club.
Dakota Country Dance Club also known
as DCDC put on many events and dances. Their Spring RoundUp Dance &
membership drive has gone on from the beginning. The Fall Festival workshops,
performances and dance would last 1 to 3 days for the last 27 years. By the
time Achy Breaky Heart became a phenomenon and county line dance in 1992, DCDC
would be growing to over 250 members.
DCDC was incorporated as a Non-Profit
Organization in 1986. They recognized dance and music are a lot alike, just in
different forms of expression. They started contributing back to the community
whether in monetary or as a positive cause. Today, 30 years young, this is the
longest running dance club in South Dakota. They are governed by four
documents, their Constitution and By-Laws, Dance Hall Etiquette, Summary &
Policy Statement, and Robert’s Rules of Order. Their mission statement has
expanded throughout the years to: Dakota Country Dance Club shall be a
non-profit organization. The sole purpose of this club is to organize, promote,
preserve, enjoy country dancing, music and contribute to positive cause.
Welcome Dakota Country Dance Club,
our newest member, to Legends of South Dakota Country Music!