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70th Annual Funtastic Dance Follies Soon to Take the Stage

By Whitney Jackson

Beginning on Thursday, April 21st at 7 pm, the Funtastic Dance Follies will kick off their 70th annual performance, making the event the second longest tradition at BSU, behind the football team. The event, which will be held at the Bemidji State University Basketball Gym, will be filled with students, alumni, community members, and coaches of all ages, dancing and smiling as they entice and impress the crowd with their eccentric dance moves.

The event is hosted and put on by the Suzy and Hondo School of Dance, a social and ballroom dance school located locally in Bemidji. The sassy duo is made up of married couple, Suzy Langhout and Jon Langhout Jr., who excitedly serve the greater Bemidji area with lessons in Ballroom, Social, Latin, Swing, Folk, Fad, Fitness, Party and Line dances.

For the students of BSU and the Bemidji area, Dance Follies is not only an annual event, but a favorite as well. “I am most excited for the adrenaline rush you get when the lights flash on and the music hits,” said Ryan Kurtz, a sophomore at Bemidji State. “That euphoric rush is like nothing I have ever experienced.”

Kurtz, a math and business administration major with an emphasis in finance, will be able to mark this as his second year participating in the event as he joined both Ballroom and Swing Club early in his freshman year.

Ryan Kurtz and Tia Langhout make silly faces as they take a break from dancing.
Ryan Kurtz and Tia Langhout make silly faces as they take a break from dancing.

“This time of year is commonly referred to as “Follies Season” because we practice for about two months leading up to the event,” said Kurtz. “We lose sleep because of the late night practices and get swamped with end-of-the-year homework and final projects. Yet, every year, this is the season we look most forward to. Magic happens, both on the stage and off.”

The event will take place not only on Thursday evening but continue on throughout the weekend on Friday, April 22nd beginning at 7 pm and Saturday, April 23rd beginning at 2 pm and 7 pm as well. BSU/NTC Students and children under the age of two will be admitted for free at the event. Youth general admission, alumni and senior citizens will be admitted for $5 and adults will be admitted for $10.

“This year is going to be huge!” Kurtz said. “Everyone should come out and watch the show, they won’t regret it.”

Hope to see you all there, Bemidji!