Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Polka on Down in Saskatchewan on a Horsehair Dance Floor

I've never been to Manitou Beach, nor have I danced on a horsehair dance floor! So all the more reason to return to Saskatchewan and stop in at Danceland. Described as the Home of the World Famous Dance Floor Built on Horsehair, Danceland was constructed in 1928. At one time, there were three dance halls on Manitou Beach open seven days a week.

Today, it's just Danceland, the 5,000-sq.ft. dance hall located next to Manitou Springs Hotel & Mineral Spa, Canada's largest indoor mineral spa. Manitou Beach is a resort village on the shores of Little Manitou Lake, approximately 100 km east of Saskatoon and 5 km north of Watrous. Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Canada's oldest bird sanctuary, is about 30 minutes away.

Danceland is open year-round, featuring dancing seven nights a week, with Spring Polkafest May 6-8. The three-day event features a Sunday Polka Mass at 11 AM, followed by brunch and dancing. Motorhome parking on site.


Anonymous said...

Although smaller the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver also has horsehair under it floor.
From Wikipedia.
"Beneath the floor lies a horsehair lining which at the time only a few venues in the world showcased similar floors."

SUE FRAUSE said...

Thanks for the info. So what's the purpose of a horsehair floor ... easy on the legs?

Anonymous said...

It made the dancers bounce. It was great for all kinds of dancing but especially ballroom style dances since you seemed to fly just a little higher. I'm not sure now if the Commodore still has horsehair or not, seems I remember when the renovated they used another system or none at all. I'll see what I can find out.

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