Well here it is the last Sunday in July and we are doing what is gonna be a fun, fun evening for all of us oldies people. It is time for the Shawnee Senior Center’s Annual “50’s Dance”. Now some of you youngsters won’t be able to go back and revisit the years from 1950 thru ‘59 but, trust me, they were (to use your vernacular) awesome!!

Well here it is the last Sunday in July and we are doing what is gonna be a fun, fun evening for all of us oldies people. It is time for the Shawnee Senior Center’s Annual “50’s Dance”. Now some of you youngsters won’t be able to go back and revisit the years from 1950 thru ‘59 but, trust me, they were (to use your vernacular) awesome!!

High School in the 50’s was a moving screen of oxfords (those are shoes by the way), smooth sounds and even smoother moves. Full circle skirts with crinolines (don’t know what they are – ask your grandmother), poodle skirts, organza blouses (again, ask your grandmother), and white t-shirts for those sexy guys around school with the rolled up sleeves and the tight jeans. But, again, I digress.

Back to the Dance. Valorie Martin, with the help of Rita Pate and April Stowe, is once again pulling all the strings together for this, yet another, dance. And as usual they have all kinds of things that are gonna be going on. She has managed to get a real life Elvis impersonator to come show his stuff, she’s got the people coming from the “Shall we Dance Studio” again and to top it all off and make it the perfect night we have music by our favorite disk jockey, James Cotton, Jr.

Now comes the fun part – filling you in on who all these people are. The Elvis impersonator is Mike Black, who for the last 30 years has been bringing the music and moves back of one of the most famous and favorite entertainers in the history of music. Just as a few quick stats about Mike, he was also the Entertainer of the Year in in Vegas in 1996 and the Male Vocalist of the Year in Vegas in 1995 winning both of those titles in his Elvis impersonation persona. He’s an Air Force “brat” and a long time Oklahoma resident. He’s been married to his MidWest City H.S. sweetheart, Kathy, for 45 years and has 2 children, a boy and a girl. He’s performed his act at fairs, in Branson, and gotten raves all the way to the East Coast. We are welcoming him to the Senior Center for the first time July 29th.

Next a little information about the “Shall We Dance Studio”. Remember all those weird things we used to do when the music played? Well, they’re coming back. The people from the Dance Studio are bringing back the jitterbug, the Hand Jive and the Hokie Pokie to mention a few, just to remind us all, once again, that dancing is fun, even if you don’t know how. And the best part is, they’re gonna teach us to do it again. So don’t be shy, get up there and show off those moves you still may remember from high school or college. We are here to show all those “young’uns” you are bringing with you that we had all those moves and more “back in the day”.

And, finally, last but certainly not least, the Senior Center’s favorite DJ, James Cotton, Jr. will be providing the music to remember. James is a church going Christian who works for the Dept. of Corrections and, believe it or not, is a fun guy. He’s been married to Tammy for almost 21 years and they share two children, both girls. He started spinning records as a pre-teen way back and continued in high school and college earning extra money along the way. Now for those of you who weren’t around in the “record” (meaning the big black round disks of plastic with circular lines on them) years, once again - ask your grandmother. James is a fan of the old school blues sound and his favorite artists are BB King, Johnny Taylor and Bobby Bland among others. He told me that when he was younger he (and this is a quote) “I wanted to be a comic but I was afraid everyone would laugh at me”.

That probably explains why he’s in the music part of entertainment. But again, I digress. James is working on his playlist and will have it perfected by Saturday, July 29th and the dancing will begin at 7pm and end at 10pm. So we want all you children of all those of us who are 50 and better to get on your dancing shoes and join us Seniors who are 50 and better dancing to the music we remember and you will never forget.

Valorie Martin will be on KGFF Radio (FM 100.9 or AM 1450) on Wednesday morning, July 26th at 8:35am talking to “Mike in the Morning” about the “50’s Dance”. Check it out!!

And remember at the Shawnee Senior Center “Age is just a number”. The website is www.SHAWNEESENIORS.ORG and our Facebook page is “Shawnee Senior Center”. Take a break and visit your local Senior Center!