Dance party daily on Kimbark Road

Opinion: Kosey Corner

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By Joanne Kosey

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If it's 5 o'clock on Kimbark Road, it's dance party time! Yes, every day at 5 p.m., you can join in on the 10-minute feel-good event of the day brought to you by Wayne McCallum.

Dance party was the idea of McCallum and his partner, Laura Betts, who wanted to do something during this rare and unusual time that would give people an upbeat feeling while maintaining the social distancing guidelines set forth by the governor. 

The couple began dance party on March 19, haven't missed a day since and have never played the same song twice. McCallum's selections are all, as he says, "upbeat" and "PG-13," covering all eras. 

The dance party can be seen live on McCallum's Facebook page (facebook.com/wayne.mccallum). He begins at 4:30 by announcing the day's musical selection on Facebook. When the clock strikes 5 p.m., he heralds the opening of dance party with a blare from a conch shell, which usually gets people out of their houses and on their porches. 

A small crowd will appear, a few in cars or on bikes maintaining the prescribed 6-foot distance. From the second-floor balcony, the music begins and McCallum gets to dancing, often joined by those who have stopped by.

McCallum says the responses have been "insane" and far-reaching, including check-ins from a former resident who lives in California and a person from New York. He was particularly moved by the lady who said she had been deeply depressed but was helped by watching dance party. 

The comment made the couple feel they had achieved what they had hoped -- to provide some upbeat entertainment and joy, even if for a short period of time, to escape from some of today's realities.

Dance party, according to McCallum, will continue for the foreseeable future. He'll continue to feature one song each weekday and two on weekends. He wants it known this is not for profit; it's strictly entertainment. 

He does play tributes, such as a tribute to the Armed Forces, using Ray Charles' rendition of "America the Beautiful." He also was kind enough to help Husband Joe and I celebrate our anniversary by playing (and dancing) to the No. 1 song the day we got married. Following the dance party, we picked up dinner at The Chew Chew and continued our celebration.

You can watch Wayne McCallum's Dance Party live on Facebook or see previous shows and dance away in the privacy of your own home.

Feel good at 5!

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