Join Two Right Feet for the Geezer Gala ’50s sock hop
By Pat Norby
The Catholic Spirit
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Step inside the plum-painted Victorian home of Sid Korpi and Anthony Kaczor, and their [four] rescued Westies, and you are transported to another era—or two. A kaleidoscope of colors, from purple to green to teal to gold, sets off the period furniture, accessories and leaded, stained-glass windows in the main floor rooms. But you have to go deep and high to see the true colors of this delightful outgoing couple.
In the converted cistern basement is a shrine to the Flintstones, complete with toys, cookie jars, dolls, music and more. And, behind a closed door, up the steep wooden stairs to the third floor, lies their ’50s dance studio, where you can do-wop to your heart’s delight while taking a dance lesson with Two Right Feet.
Making the rounds
Sid and Anthony, who met at a dance hall in St. Paul, soon started giving “social dance instructions.” About 50 percent of their business has come from the classified ad they have run in The Catholic Spirit for the past two years, Sid said.
They have done demonstrations at St. Austin, Assumption and Holy Name in Minneapolis and for the Cathedral Young Adult group in St. Paul, along with small private lessons in their home. Most of their clients want to learn a dance or two for an upcoming wedding or anniversary, she explained.
Now, they are extending an invitation to join them for a ’50s-style sock hop and Alzheimer’s fundraiser on Saturday, March 21, at St. Clement, 911 N.E. 24th Ave., Minneapolis, to celebrate Anthony’s 50th birthday, which is March 20.
The Geezer Gala will begin with a free swing-dance lesson by the couple at 6:30 p.m., with dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. Anyone who is turning 50 in 2009 can get in free and register for several “swinging” door prizes. Hot dogs and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the evening.
The cost for the dance is $10, with half that amount going to benefit the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; the funds will go directly to local programs and services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
Kaczor has an aunt who suffers from Alzheimer’s and a good friend of the couple recently died of the disease.
“We thought, anytime we do something like this [’50s party], we want to help someone else,” Sid said.
The church scene
They called Father Earl Simonson, pastor at St. Clement, where Anthony had headed up the men’s club for many years, and asked to use the auditorium.
“Growing up in Northeast [Minneapolis] with everyone in my family at a different church, we would go to a lot of church dinners and dances,” Anthony said.
“Our favorite restaurant is every church festival,” Sid chimed in. “I call Anthony the Lenten Lunatic and I’m his fish wife.”
Anthony said a parish roast beef dinner was what drew him to join St. Stanislaus in St. Paul, after doing some church hopping.
“[Parish dinners] are where the community is,” he said. “It’s open to everybody.”
You don’t have to be turning 50 to attend the Geezer Gala. Just show up, in costume or not—there is a prize for the best ’50s costume. And there will be birthday cake. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.tworightfeetdance.com or call (612) 822-0888.