This past Saturday, your Rockford Dance Examiner was able to attend the USO-style dance that was a part of Rockford’s annual World War II Days event. The event was full of surprises, including a new $5 admission fee for the general public. This examiner had a wonderful time, and would like to share her observations of the evening.
Let us start by examining the music. Moonlight Jazz Orchestra provided the live music for the entire night. It seemed they missed the memo that the dance was supposed to start at 7 p.m., for that’s around when they started setting up. This caused the music to not start until 7:34 p.m. But once they did get started, they kept the party going all night. This orchestra has a very fun feel to them, with good stage presence. The music was excellent, with some surprises along the way. During one song, many members actually came out onto the dance floor, and even took advantage of the balcony! They were accommodating in requests, including a polka, and even letting one of the re-enactors sing onstage with them. Towards the latter part of the evening, the orchestra veered away from the 1940’s era songs, to things such as “Sweet Home Chicago,” and “Jailhouse Rock.” This was met with varying degrees of acceptance.
There were a good mix of re-enactors and “civilians” present. The ratio of men versus women dancing definitely favored the women. Many re-enactors stood on the outside of the dance floor. But as the night went on, and they got encouragement from their fellows or their drinks from the bar, more and more could be seen dancing and having a good time. It is always great to see people from all over the country sharing a similar interest and having a good time. The sheer amount of people present was overwhelming! This unfortunately caused several scrapes and bruises out on the dance floor. It also caused the room to be particularly warm. There has already been talk of how the event can expand to accommodate the growing number of attendees.
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