Roanoke dance club hosts 80th anniversary gala, sways to 1800s dance

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Striving for eighty years is certainly a milestone for any organization, but for one club, its anniversary marks the longevity of a much older tradition.

The Roanoke Valley Cotillion Club, since 1939, brings an early 1800s European style dance to the Roanoke Valley community.

The dance became very popular in the area after the Civil War, according to a club statement, and is a form of ballroom dancing, such as the waltz.

Amongst the decline of the dance’s popularity, the club continues to practice this traditional dance.

“The Roanoke Valley Cotillion Club is unique in that it has survived for 80 years due to the sacrifice and devotion of hundreds of Roanokers throughout the years,” said Club President Sally Adams.

The club will host a black and white gala for its 80th anniversary at the Hotel Roanoke on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m.

Tickets cost $135 per couple and includes dinner and live music from Sway Katz Big Band. Reservations can be made with Gregg Diethorn, Club Vice-President at (540) 763 – 2069.

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