"Ed has a gift for getting people, especially guys, started in ballroom dance," says club president Krista Burge. The popularity of his classes has meant high enrolment and surplus funds. Since it was founded in 2000, the Club (of which Donkers is the founding instructor) has made annual contributions to community groups, most recently Christmas Care and the Talbot Teen Centre.
Donkers began teaching dance at the Arthur Murray studio in London in 1995. He organized classes at the Dutton community centre for a couple of years, then taught at the Port Stanley legion until class size outgrew that space. In 1999, he taught at a St. Thomas elementary school for the Stork Club 2000 event and has been the teacher of the Elgin Ballroom Dance Club since its inception in January 2000. Now down to two classes a week at the St. Thomas Legion, the Elgin Ballroom Dance Club once ran six classes a week, 32 weeks of the year, with Donkers teaching all of them.
The Club’s spirit of fun will continue to dance hand-in-hand with one of community giving – they hope they will raise enough money at the dinner-dance to boost the charitable donations under Donkers.
Date: Sat Apr 8th
Time: 5:30pm; dinner 6:30pm; dancing 8:30pm
Tickets: $45 per person
Venue: Saxonia Hall
Address: 522 Talbot St W, Aylmer
Contact Phone: Kate Emerson, 519-768-1013
Top Photo: Ed Donkers, with Elgin Ballroom Dance Club treasurer Laura Callaghan and club president Krista Burge, hand over a $2,500 donation and a mountain of toys and canned goods to Carl Bagshaw of Christmas Care at the club's 2016 Christmas Party at the St. Thomas Legion. Photo by Erin Schulyler/Elgin Ballroom Dance Club