It all started in 1946, as the story goes. The people of Coronado wanted a dance club. The base officers’ club held parties and dances, but many locals were unable to attend. So the villagers got their heads and hearts together and came up with an idea: they were going to start their own dinner and dance club.
They called it the Coronado Crown Club. It is now on its 75e year.
“This tradition is so important because we live in a village,” says Glory Palecek, who is the club’s co-chair, with her husband, Jim, who has lived on the island since 1999. “It’s something the villagers do. . They dance and they have parties.
But this year things are changing a bit. First, there’s the name: it’s now Dine and Dance Coronado. Second, the club isn’t just for married couples.
“We joined the 21st century, and it is now a couples club, and we do not discriminate against any couple. Everyone is welcome, ”says Jim. “It can be anyone who wants to dance together, eat and have fun.”
After a long hiatus during the global pandemic (the last dance was in March 2020), the club plans to open the dance floor on Saturday December 11e. The five dances planned for this year will all take place in the Nautilus Hall at the Coronado Community Center, a great place for space, views and access to plenty of fresh air.
Jim and Glory say the club is excited to welcome new members and invite fresh, modern energy.
“We really want new people and we really want the younger ones to carry on that tradition,” says Glory.
Although some things are different, the overall format is the same. At 6.30 am, the room opens for a cocktail and at 7.30 am, the guests sit down to table. After dinner, the group of 16 musicians strike a chord and the guests dance, mingle and enjoy the music. The best part? You don’t have to be an amazing dancer.
“Of course we do the Foxtrot and the swing, we do everything,” Jim says. “We have waltzes, salsa and line dancing. Even the YMCA. Some people really know how to dance! And some not at all. And it’s good.
December 11e the dance is first open to members, to couples who pay the required $ 250 per year to get the first dibs on the dances. If the dance does not fill up, other members of the community are invited to join in the fun. You can join as a couple (by the way, you can be an individual while joining as a couple, inviting whoever you choose to each dance) or you can sign up as a guest to try it out. Simply register on the organization’s website, www.dineanddancecoronado.com. Community members are allowed to try up to two dances; after that they must register as a member, provided there is room.
The dances in December and February will celebrate the holidays and Valentine’s Day respectively, but the other dances will likely have a theme. According to Glory, the club’s “Downton Abbey” theme was memorable and festive. The October 2022 dance will most likely be a “ball of the arts”, in collaboration with the Coronado Art Association.
“$ 160 per couple for dinner, a dance with a band and alcohol… that’s a really good deal,” says Glory. “But that’s why we have a membership, because the fees for the dances barely cover the cost.”
Jim and Glory, who first attended a dance about five years ago, said they were hooked from the start.
“We liked the people. It’s just fun, ”says Jim. “You are buzzing just about an hour before you sit down and get to know everyone… these days people are so on their phones and computers that they rely on them for entertainment. What’s missing is personal interaction, and you get it here.
The organization, which operates as a non-profit organization, is run by members of the community with the specific aim of providing a festive and personal experience. And that’s the one club members never want to lose.
“It’s unique,” says Glory. “Before, there were a lot of dance clubs, but there aren’t any more. It’s a kind of tradition that has value in itself. Dancing is such a common activity. Even though people don’t dance, they enjoy the experience, they love to be there.
Jim and Glory say Dine and Dance Coronado is just one of many traditions, like the 4th of July Parade or the Coronado Flower Show, that make the island a special place to live.
“Joy is an important part of life,” says Glory. “But if you don’t have community, you can’t have joy. And that’s the main thing. “
Ready to put on your dancing shoes? Visit DineandDanceCoronado.com to learn more.