Gulf Breeze Bop Club
GBBC Dancing Once Again on Pause
COVID numbers are up all over the area; dance attendance is significantly down all over the area. Lower dance attendance at most dance events tells us people are once again concerned about larger public events with significant interaction. Discussions in the area indicate a number of vaccinated dancers were identified as COVID positive. As our GBBC 2021 waiver states, "COVID is everywhere", and many dancers dance numerous places; without contact tracing, we simply cannot reasonably state that an individual was exposed in any one location.
The repercussions of a COVID outbreak among dancers are serious. Our population tends to be older and at higher risk of severe disease; and swing dancing is contact-focused with the potential for disease spread being simply too high to be ignored. Most event-space HVAC systems are not designed to neutralize viruses.
Gulf Breeze Bop Club leadership must make decisions based on community health and safety because, as a 501c4 not-for-profit, our mission is to promote safety and well being in our dance population. We cannot in good conscience just provide a place for people to dance while disregarding the current health crises in Lee and Collier County. Club leaders are in consistent communication regarding current data in order to make decisions based on health and safety.
We are excited about getting together and creating happy feet again soon, and hope to begin dancing again this fall. Until then, we are taking a pause from dancing. Watch this space for updated announcements about when we will start playing the tunes that make dance magic happen.
Would you like to learn to dance?
Gulf Breeze Bop Club offers free lessons with paid admission followed by a social dance party filled with smiles and happy feet. Fun dance lessons are provided by certified dance instructors, most of which are local dance professionals.
Music that keeps us on the floor is provided by experienced, enthusiastic DJs.
Check our DJ and lesson schedule on our Come Dance With Us page.
Lessons: 6:30 p.m. - Free with paid admission
Open dancing 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Admission fees: $10 Members $15 Guests
Location: 3231 Coconut Road (Elks) Estero, FL
Join us for a fun night of dancing!
GBBC follows a business casual dress code for evenings and events. Please, no shorts, t-shirts, or swimwear at GBBC dances. Jeans without holes are acceptable.
Please note: GBBC will NOT be checking temperatures or requiring masks. Please feel free to wear a mask if that increases your comfort level. Hand sanitizer is available during each dance.
GBBC Membership Renewal: Membership renewals are being extended for GBBC memberships current as of March 2020. Memberships will be extended 18 months from their original due date. For those renewing as of July 9th, memberships will run the traditional 12 month period.