Team History

Uptown-on-Calhoun (pronounced "Upton" by the cognoscenti) was started in 1989 by two couples who already danced with the established single-sex teams in town. Their motivation was that they wanted to dance together in their own village style. A secondary motivation was that everyone involved had bad knees (surprise, surprise). The new tradition was thus designed to look sharp while going easy on the joints. (The tradition was originally described to me as Zen Bampton.) It has since evolved into a distinctive style with a varied repertoire. Due to the extreme mobility of past members, the tradition is currently being danced from coast to coast (Virginia to California).

Our name comes from the original location of the team - the Uptown neighborhood on the east shore of Lake Calhoun. Although our practice location has changed, we still regularly dance in Uptown at various street and neighborhood festivals. Some people don't like our name -- to them, all I can say is that the suggested alternative was Mary Tyler Morris.

On the all-important social vs. performance issue, we believe that a good party outweighs a crisp caper any day. This is not to say we don't work on our performances. We do, but we know our priorities. On the beer vs. ice cream after practices issue, we believe we have resolved this by inventing the Killian's Float, and our new variant on the theme, the Hard Cider Float.


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