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Rotary Happenings: Rock and Roll Waltz memories at the Dunes Club House

By Staff | Dec 3, 2014

Susan Scott and Bill Rahe cut a rug at the Rotary Club meeting. PHOTO PROVIDED

Does anyone out there remember: What was the No. 1 hit single on the Billboard Charts in 1955 and stayed there for six straight weeks?

I’m afraid I do, because I just loved the song, The Rock and Roll Waltz by Kay Starr.

Just bear with me here, and I will tie this to Rotary.

The lyrics go like this, “There in the night what a wonderful scene, Mom was dancing with Dad to my record machine. And while they danced, only one thing was wrong. They were trying to waltz to a rock and roll song?

A-one, two, and then rockA-one, two, and then roll. They did the rock and roll waltzA rock, two, three, a-roll, two, threeIt looked so cute to meI love the Rock and Roll Waltz”.

Well, if you had peaked in the windows of the Dunes Club House early last Friday morning, you would have seen a room full of Rotarians, on their feet, swinging and swaying, and dancing per instructions given to them by the Enchanted Ballroom’s, Susan Scott.

Yes, many viewers may have been scarred for life but everyone was having fun.

Susan Scott, as some of you know, participated in one of the first Dancing with the Sanibel Stars Fundraiser for the Community House, some five years ago.

I don’t know, if she knew what she was getting herself into then but all the contestants took this dance contest seriously (well, most of them).

They took lessons, diligently practiced, held events to promote the fundraiser, and sweet-talked their friends to vote with their pocketbooks when it came to voting for the winner of the fancy mirror-ball trophy.

Unfortunately, Susan did not win, even with her three perfect 10 scores from the judges, the winner was Billy Kirkland – with his so called dancing on his Segway, by beating out all the other contestant with the popular vote.

But after that experience Susan was hooked on dancing and was convinced by her professional dancing partner from Dancing with the Sanibel Stars to continue dancing and get prepared for an upcoming dance contest in Las Vegas.

The rest is history, Susan and her partner continued to enter dance competitions around the world and have many of their dance trophies displayed in her dance studio on the Island, The Enchanted Ball Room.

The ever-popular dance craze and success of the original Enchanted Ball Room has encouraged Susan to open another studio in Bonita Springs.

Susan brought up a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine regarding the health benefits of various exercises.

She was quick to point out that this study noted the extremely aerobic component of dance but included the benefits such as social interaction and increased mental agility attributed to dancing.

In an article published in the Stanford Medical Journal published by Richard Brown stated, “That for centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we’ve seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being.

“Then most recently we’ve heard of another benefit: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one’s mind can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit.

“Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages”.

So, now you know Rotary Rocks, we are not only pretty smart people but we can dance circles around those Island Kiwanians.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary meets Friday mornings at 7 a.m. for breakfast and meeting at the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club, Sanibel.