Originally Published: June 10, 2016 6 a.m.
If you can’t help but dance when any type of country western dance music starts, then the Prescott Area’s premier Country Western Dance Club, Ruffles ’N’ Rawhide, has the thing for you. It’s their June dance party on Saturday, June 11 at the Humboldt School Campus, 6411 N. Robert Road, Building 200.
The party starts at 7 p.m., with partner lessons beforehand from 6 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. and line dance lessons from 6:40 to 7 p.m.
Ruffles ‘N Rawhide has been around since its first dance in 1992, according to a write-up by Club Secretary CindyLou Seefeld. A year later, the club had 100 members and there was even a dance in the early 1990s that had 200 in attendance, she wrote. However, things changed since the club’s glory days.
“The Ruffles ‘n’ Rawhide Dance Club has had their ups and downs over the years, but we’re trying to make a comeback for all area dancers,” Seefeld wrote.
Currently, the club has the most active board that’s been around in probably 10 years, said Club President, Diane VanWart.
About a decade ago the club was really starting to fade as the people that started it were getting into their 80s, she said.
For a while, the club’s dances were only getting around 40 people or less, VanWart said. That started looking a little scary so she asked the club’s vice president, Dawn Wilson, to coordinate the music, she said.
Wilson has her own business and teaches ballroom swing and country western dancing at the adult center, VanWart stated.
“I wanted her to take over the music selection so that the partner people and the line dancing people were comfortable with the music so they could both dance,” VanWart said.
Originally, there was no line dancing. Back in 1992, it was strictly couples and it evolved into line dancing through the end of the 90s and into the 2000s.”
The hope is to get about 50 to 60 people at the dance party, VanWart said, noting that the club holds dance parties during the second Saturday of every month. Attendance is $7 for members and $10 for guests.
The whole thing is just a huge party in a nonalcoholic and smoke-free environment, which you can’t get in a bar, VanWart said. Plus, people bring food to share, she said.
Ruffles ’N’ Rawhide is coming up on its 25th anniversary too, VanWart said. The club is planning for a big anniversary party sometime in January, she said.
While the club had its golden age in the 1990s, it’s still going strong, Seefeld wrote.
“The club will never be what it was in the 1990s, but here we are, 25 years strong,” she wrote. “This year our efforts are trying to enhance the country western dance experience again.”