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Knights of Columbus host first dinner dance of season

November 14, 2018
By JESSE MEADOWS ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Have you ever wanted to learn the foxtrot, or dance the jitterbug?

Do you have moves you're itching to strut on a dancefloor?

The Knights of Columbus of Ascension Parish will host the Turkey Trot Dinner Dance this Saturday.

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Their first of the season, the monthly charity event will be catered by A Touch of Italy, with musical entertainment by Dan and Rosie Smedile of Side-By-Side.

Organizer and 4th degree Knight Kenneth Platt insists that you don't have to be a pro to come out and dance.

"You can come and just listen to the music and watch the people dance," he said. "It's always fun to just watch."

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He and his wife Dee have been giving free lessons for the past seven years.

They will start up again in January and run through March, on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

Their 10-week program is designed to teach even the shyest of people how to shine on a dancefloor.

Ken recalls a nervous student who was a former law enforcement officer.

"He said he was never more scared in his life, even when he was facing down a bad guy, than he was coming to that dance class. And we made it fun, and we made him feel comfortable," he said.

The course will teach students how to do the foxtrot, jitterbug, waltz, cha cha, and a bonus: the electric slide, set to Achey Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus.

"It's very much a hands on class. Or should I say, feet on?" Dee laughs.

Students like to show off their new moves at the monthly dinner dances, and skilled dancers will often do demonstrations.

Ken's favorite is the Argentine Tango done by George Romita and his wife Alda, who learned their moves during time spent in South America.

Dee says the dinner dances are a great way to socialize for a good cause.

"It brings the community of people together, whether they belong to the parish or not. They come from many different parts of the area, and any excess money goes to local charities."

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization of Catholic men who organize community events to benefit local charities and Veterans groups, including St. Vincent DePaul Society, Bay Oaks Community Center, Spirit of the Holidays, the Immokalee Pregnancy Center, Homeless Veterans in Lee County, and Sisters of Poor Care.

The group will host a dinner dance once a month through March.

The Turkey Trot Dinner Dance will be held in the Parish Hall at 6025 Estero Blvd. Tickets cost $25 per person and doors will open at 5:30 p.m.



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