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 The Recessionaires Dance Club

P.O. Box 272

Franklin Park, Illinois 60131

" POLKA "  Julie Carroll

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Remembering the "ROMANCE" of Ballroom Dancing

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" Just have fun - you don't have to be Fred Astaire "


The Recessionaires Dance Club

P.O. Box 272

Franklin Park, Illinois 60131


Dear Friends 

Welcome to the NEW look of 

The Recessionaires Dance Club 



Any email you receive from The Recessionaires will have

Resessionaires Dance Club

in the title.

Thank you..

Pat Carroll  -  Webmaster & Niece of Julie Carroll



National Ballroom and Entertainment Association



August 14, 15, & 16, 2015

Col Ballroom, Davenport, IA
1012 W. 4th St., Davenport, IA 52802
Telephone: 563-322-4431

Everyone Welcome

Click for Details



Regular Weekly Events


Big Band & Ballroom Dancing 


Every Sunday

Dancing from 2 - 430 pm


Famous Big Band Orchestras

Admission for Dancing --- $15 per person

 Dinner Buffet served at 3pm for additional purchase.

The Willowbrook Ballroom

8900 S Archer Ave

WIllow Springs, Illinois


Every 3rd Thursday

The Steve Meisner Band

(Polkas and More)

Fire Pit Side Bar

Potawatomi Casino

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Fridays 730 pm Sundays - 6pm 

Croatian Cultural Club

 1503 Clement St. Joliet, IL


 Wednesdays    1 - 4 PM

Pulaski Inn 

3900 E Pulaski Ave 

Cudahy, Wisconsin  


Thursdays  8 pm

Food Available 


Niles, Illinois 


Fridays     7 pm, 

Moose Lodge 

Janesville, Wisconsin 



Hiawatha Bar 

Hwy. 11, 9809 Durand Ave 

Sturtevant, Wisconsin 

(Just west of I 94 between Racine and Kenosha)


Sundays ... 2 pm 

Polka Bands

Bonnie and Clyde's Prairie Lanes
w1646 County Rd S 
Markesan, Wisconsin 

Every Friday & Saturday 

830 pm

Essen Haus Restaurant 

514 East Wilson Street 

Madison, Wisconsin   



Polka Bands  and
POLKA DANCING in Chicago   

Every Tuesday and Wednesday Morning 

10 am - 1 pm

Admission  only $ 5  per person each day 

Stardust Banquets   

 5688 N Milwaukee  Chicago, Illinois
773 775 3040  




Every other Wednesday Evening @ 7 pm  

 Music by the Top Hats 

Mabenkas Restaurant 

7844 S. Cicero  * Burbank Illinois    

 Free admission 

 708 423 7679 




Every FRIDAY Evening @ 7 pm 

V F W  

Lockport Illinois    

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Internet Radio 

Polka Stations




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 Music on Radio

Polkas on Chicago Radio





1 - 2 pm  --   WPNA   " 1490 AM " 



 9 - 10 am        WJOL   " 1340 AM "  


1030 am - 1 pm     WPNA    " 1490 AM "


 1 - 2 pm                WCEV   " 1450 AM "



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 Big Bands on Radio  



 Midwest Ballroom Radio Show 

w/ John Russell 


Saturday 5 - 7 pm in Chicago  ----      

WDCB FM   ----     90.9 FM    

or listen online   




 DIXIELAND on Radio 




EVERY Saturday 10am  in Chicago 

WDCB FM   ----     90.9 FM    

or listen online   

Check your LOCAL public radio stations for broadcast times in your city !





 The listings below are not local stations....

  But can be easily heard in Chicago on your car radio

or ONLINE ! ! !  





 The Music of the Stars 

with Lou Ragoni

Sundays...   7 - 11am   ---  

Am Radio .....    WLIP   -  1050 AM

or listen online at 

Broadcasting FromFrom...     Kenosha Wisconsin  



Leo Greco's Variety Time 

with Frank Balanz 

Every Sunday.  730 am  -   12 pm  

WMT   (radio 600 AM)     

Broadcasting From Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

Click to listen - ONLINE


 AM 740 

Broadcasting from Toronto Canada 

Big Band Sunday Night with 

George Jonescu  

Sunday Evenings  7 - 11pm Eastern Time

6 - 10pm Central Time

The All Night Jukebox

at Midnight...Eastern   11pm Central  

 740 on the AM dial  

easy to listen in your car...

Or online





For over 40 years  Aunt Julie and Uncle Bill Carroll ran bus tours to unique dances featuring Polka Bands, Country Bands and Big Bands in the Midwest. I had many opportunities to tag along as they traveled from Indiana as far East as New York and as far west as Nebraska.  They danced in small Banquet Halls, Big Resorts and in beautiful Ballrooms including The Indiana Roof in Indianapolis, Indiana, The Crystal Ballroom - Staunton, Illinois,  The Casa Loma Ballroom - St Louis Mo.The Hub Ballroom just outside of Peoria and many more including The Aragon in Chicago, Illinois.

What was unique at all the above dances? ,Sometime during the evening  " EVERY "  band they danced to played Polkas, Country songs and Big Band Hits.  And although the smaller combos did not have enough musicians to sound like a big band, they still played the music made famous by the Big Bands.

Julie often refers to the " Romance of Ballroom Dancing,"   If you have ever danced to a Big Band in an old Ballroom, you'd know what she means.  




But sadly over the years, that Romance has become LOST.  Today when you go to hear a big band, it's usually at a concert or at a small club.  Plus, too many of the new big bands do not play dance music. It's not because there is no room to dance, but because the bands all prefer to play jazz or songs that are unfamiliar. And when they do play standards,  they are usually played way to fast for Dancing.

Ballroom Dancing instructors have made Ballroom Dancing a competition.  Dance Sport is nice to watch on Public TV, but it also sends the wrong message to average dancer. Today, many dancers are afraid to attend a dance if they see Big Band or Ballroom Dancing advertised.  Social dancers stay home because they cannot dance like the pro's and they assume that what they see on Public TV is what is expected of them.




Dancing with the Stars has helped a bit, but it too, is very scripted and regimental.  Professional dancing on Television goes back to the days of the Lawrence Welk program.  Mr Welk made sure that on almost every show, the band played a good dance medley and you saw the audience dancing in the aisles.  It was done as a reminder that although the show featured professional dancers and singers, the band still played dance music. And by showing the people dancing, that was his way to attract the people at home to want to come out dancing to the band.

There is nothing like dancing to a " LIVE "  Big Band or Polka Band,  and as Aunt Julie always says...  " Never forget the ROMANCE OF BALLROOM DANCING. "   






 Pat Carroll  -  Webmaster & Niece of Julie Carroll