Where: 69 Briar Road, Felixstow
When: Saturday evenings every 6-8 weeks
Type of dances: All Ballroom, Latin and Swing
Dress code: Neat Casual
Music style: Old school classics and easy listening with a sprinkling of modern tracks throughout
Drinks: Available at bar
Entrance: $20 at door, free parking available
Website: Rhythm Dance and Events - facebook page
Established back in 1998 by Maria and Joe Langone, Rhythm is by far one of the longest running dance nights in South Australia.
I felt at the time that the dance world was so segregated that we needed to try and bring people that are learning together, Says Maria.
Well the couple have certainly succeeded in that with Rhythm supporting thousands of students on their dancing journey over the last 18 years. This dance night has long provided a place for students from many different dance studios to come together and use multiple styles of partner dance whilst mixing with others that are learning to dance at studios other than their own.
I had never been to the Fogular Furlarn Center before attending my first Rhythm nearly 10 years ago. The center is tucked away in the residential streets of Felixstow but for what this venue lacks in street frontage and centrality it makes up for in sheer size.
It is one of the only floors in Adelaide that is big enough to accommodate dances such as Viennese Waltz and quickstep comfortably.
The wooden floor on level 1 that is home to Rhythm is vast and can easily accommodate the large numbers that attend this event every 6-8 weeks with room to spare! This is great news for ballroom fans!
The dance floor is surrounded by large round tables that can easily sit 10-12 people and you'll generally see as many people sitting around chatting and laughing as you will up on the floor! Although many dance studios such as QuickSteps book their own tables ahead of time it is lovely to see that the boundaries of these tables are often blurred. Schools can be seen mixing and mingling and dance together which was always one of Maria's visions.
"Students needed to enjoy what they were learning together and see that there are others out there doing this too."
One of the best things about Rhythm is the variety you will find in the music and therefore the styles that can be danced. We are spoilt in Adelaide when it comes to Salsa nights, Bachata nights and Swing nights but there are not many nights that have such a plethora of styles to dance as Rhythm. Rumba, bachata, swing, salsa, waltz, tango, quickstep, cha cha, Viennese Waltz, Argentine Tango, merengue, mambo it's all there!
The music has evolved and in a way we have had to keep evolving to keep the fresh faces coming in and to keep the whole night fresh, says Maria who DJ's from the stage. The latin vibe is very big now and so we have moved that way too.
With tickets only $20 at the door it is a modestly priced event and this is probably part of what attracts such a large crowd. There is a cash bar available serving basic beers, wines, soft drinks and spirits as well.
What other outing can you have in Adelaide that provides constant entertainment, fitness and socialising for more than 5 hours for so little!?
For students that are only learning one style you may find you spend a fair portion of the night sitting down. On the other hand for students learning multiple ballroom and latin styles you will not find a better value night of dancing in town with such variety. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much your dancing will have improved after the hours of practise it provides and you will see just how many people are learning to dance in this great state of ours!