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SDC History

This is our story......

Strathroy Dance Club officially took its name in the Fall of 1961 with the goal to provide a Not-for-profit recreational dance experience in all aspects of dance. In those days, the recital performance in the Spring showcased a theme like "Cinderella" or "Alice in Wonderland". The music was provided by piano, drums or organ accompaniment by popular artists like Gwen Beynan, Norma Sharpe, Donna Cassie, Nancy McDougall, Dalton Walpole, Dave Robinson, MaryLynne Parker and Steven Kettlewell. There was usually a narrator or MC for the show. Classes were taught at local church halls, the local Scout house, rental space in the downtown core and finally at the West Middlesex Memorial Centre. The recitals were held at the local elementary schools and later at the local high school with a larger stage. Some instructors over the past 50 years included Rita Hunt, Diane Carter, Gayle Wright, Nancy Newton, Ann Higgins, Wendy Robinson, Joan Butler, Carol Hamilton, Debbie Bryce, Teresa Wallis, Pam Morningstar, Nancy Tuffin, Wanda Richardson, Susan Brown, Susan Marshall, Donna Nesbitt, Ruth Anderson, Tracey Dahl, Karen Larocque, KerriLynne Harris, Ann Joynt, Alison Graham, Angela Alcaidinho Tracey Haist, Devin Cornell, Jodie Roes, Jess Mahovlich, Angelina Cormier, Michelle Koricina, Cassie VanderHoek, Laura Newton, Brooke Ramsay, Monica Zavitz, Dayna Herrington, Jess Gowdy and Kelly Johnson.

Many students, young and old, passed through the doors over the last 50 years taking Moms & Tots, Kiddie Dance classes, Dance Readiness, Baton, Jazz, Tap, Irish, Highland, Gymnastics, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, Song & Dance classes. Previous students now have their children and their grandchildren dancing here. We have seen many gifted dancers become very gifted teachers and they have accomplished very successful careers in dance.

The SDC is managed by a dynamic executive of adult volunteers who are balancing family with fulltime jobs while dedicating energy to provide dance opportunities for families in the Strathroy area promoting affordable dance. In co-operation with the Strathroy-Caradoc Recreation department and as a member of the Strathroy District Arts Council, the SDC is an awesome opportunity for our local youth. We continue to support the Thames Valley District School Board, local Community Players and local figure skating groups with costuming and Teaching experience. Our dancers can experience an adventure through many interpretative dance styles from Strathroy Dance Club at the Strathroy site as well as in Parkhill at the YMCA.

Our NEW STUDIO at the West Middlesex Memorial Centre (WMMC) is now completed & it is going to be wonderful to have a brand new home! If interested in finding out more about the SDC, please call to leave a voice mail message with your name and number with a brief message @ 519-245-9635. You may also email for more info to strathroydanceclub@gmail.com