“If you can count, you can dance,” says Torran King, in between dances at the Black and Gold dance held at the Absolute Ballroom in Homewood.

King was one of dozens who came out on a freezing Jan. 14 to dance, mix and mingle Detroit, Pittsburgh and Cleveland style. The atmosphere inside of the ballroom was warm and inviting.


When people are dancing inside at the Absolute Ballroom the view from the outside via the large plate glass windows begs you to come inside and give dancing a whirl. This dance night was organized by popular dancing deejay, Roland Ford. The requirement for the Black and Gold dance was a $10 entry fee and a covered dish big enough to feed a few others.

Surprisingly there was a football game airing on this evening but the men still came out to dance. A few came after the game, but many were there before. Robert Robinson says he loves ballroom dancing. Two summers ago he was in Highland Park and watched Ford instructing line dancers, now Robinson is an instructor as well. He says his group is looking for more men to come to their Steel City Steppers classes held on Wednesday’s in Regent Square at the Wilkins Community Center at 6:30 p.m.

Robinson and his wife, Charlene, dance about three times a week. The more we spoke to people on this evening the more we found out about other dance opportunities. Satin and Soul Ballroom Dancers of Pittsburgh sponsor events and are invited to dance in other cities. Eric Nelson was in from Cleveland, not only to dance but to see his girlfriend, Bonnie Santucci, who likes to dance as well. Susanne Pearson says dancing is great exercise and it makes her heart sing. Elizabeth Damron, owner of the Absolute Ballroom, says the space was designed by dancers, for dancers and they love having Ford and friends as patrons.

You can reach Ford at ­rollinstone352@live.com or visit him on YouTube where you can actually learn a step or two: http://www.youtube.com/ user/pghdanceambassador. He will be back at the Absolute Ballroom Feb. 17.

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