Sue Frause is an American writer and photographer. She's had a major crush on Canada ever since she visited British Columbia as a young girl. Even if your heart doesn't pitter patter over all things Canadian, read on. You'll find photos, travel tips, road notes and the latest news and thoughts about our friends north of the 49th parallel. Cool idea, eh?
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.
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Although smaller the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver also has horsehair under it floor.
"Beneath the floor lies a horsehair lining which at the time only a few venues in the world showcased similar floors."
Thanks for the info. So what's the purpose of a horsehair floor ... easy on the legs?
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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