| In January of 1961, Clancy Burroughs had
an idea. He wanted to share his love and interest in
ballroom dancing with others so he decided to
organize an introductory class. After taking out a
newspaper ad advertising the class, to his delight, ninety
registrants responded. With this
much enthusiasm, he started a seven-week course in the
basics of ballroom dancing at the Beckel Hotel Ballroom.
Upon completion of the course, most of the students wanted
more, so together with a YWCA staff member, Clancy
organized the YWCA Adult Dance Club.
The Club's goal was to provide the basic fundamentals of
ballroom dancing to new groups throughout the year. Then
after completion of the training,
participants were eligible to join the club.
In the beginning, the club was loosely organized. The
officers spent most of their time planning and promoting
dancing, boating trips, holiday parties,
and picnics. The big events of the year were the Medal
Ball in the spring and the President's Ball in the fall.
By 1971-2, the Dayton dance community had grown
significantly. The desire for more frequent dances grew.
Then finally, three couples from the YWCA decided
to create an organization dedicated to sponsoring a
monthly dance schedule and formed the Dance-tonians. Other
groups were to follow.
In December of 1992 we changed locations to the
Two-steppers Club. The new location had more rooms, more
privacy and a main dance area that offered
congenial atmosphere to promote the social interaction we
were striving for. We continued at this location until
January of 2007 when we changed
locations to Hara Arena. After flooding had occurred in
2011, severely damaging the wood dance floor at Hara, the
discussion began to search for
an alternatives location.
Since January of 2012 we have been located at Arbor Hall
where we continue to follow the tradition started by
Clancy so many year prior. We continue to
offer the same high level of dance instruction and social
gatherings at an affordable price.
Since its founding, the Club has had a profound impact on
the Dayton Ballroom Dance scene. Several of our students
have branched out to teach
ballroom dancing at their own studios and many couples
have married after meeting at our club. Over the last 50
years, the Club has pursued
its original goal of promoting ballroom dancing in a
relaxed, social atmosphere. No other dance club in
southwest Ohio offers an hour and a half
of professional dance instruction, instuctor
demonstrations, followed by a mixer and then an hour of
good dance music for practice.