Dances set to take place in Truman

TRUMAN – Brian Dick has been known to drive 225 miles just to dance.

Every weekend he goes out of town, often to Brewster, Algona, Everly or Armstrong, just to take his sweetheart dancing. But that is going to change next month.

Beginning in March, the dances will come to him.

Dick and Linda Risk will be hosting their own monthly dance at Truman Community Center on the third Saturday of each month, called Truman Fun Time Dancers.

Dick began dancing just six years ago, and quickly found how much he enjoyed it. He met Risk at a singles dance, and the pair have been cutting up rugs ever since.

They learned, however, that loving to dance means a lot of driving.

“We looked at the area and there weren’t any dances nearby,” Dick said.

So they began looking locally for a venue big enough to hold a dance and priced reasonably enough for a private party to host regularly.

Truman’s community center proved the perfect place, as the large dance floor allows for up to 100 dancers, and the location is accessible for dancers in Mankato and Albert Lea, places Dick said don’t have much in the way of dances.

The event will cost $8 per person, with the proceeds going to pay for the community center rent, band and other expenses.

“I am not out to make money, as such,” he said. “If, at the end of the year, there is money left, I will donate it to charity. This is just something I want to do for the community.”

Dick has been carefully preparing for the dances, finding local bands to perform and talking to people at regional dances about what they would want.

Specifically, he found people want line dancing.

Some bars and dance halls in the region discourage it, and while it won’t likely be the focus of the Truman Fun Time dances, Dick assures those interested that line dancing is welcome.

He and Risk encourage everyone to come out to dance – couples, singles, veteran dancers, and those who have never tried it.

Dick promised someone will be there willing to teach a new dancer the steps.

“There will be someone who will help them,” he said. “I enjoy teaching because I enjoy dancing.”

In fact, although they met at a dance, Risk credits Dick with teaching her to dance.

If enough people express interest in learning to dance, Dick said he is willing to hire a professional teacher to come to the dances.

Water and soda will be available at the dances, but if a stronger drink is desired, Dick said dancers will have to bring it in themselves.

The first dance will be 8 p.m. to midnight March 16. Music will be provided by Jerry and Travis Lang.