Watrous and Manitou Beach

Decades of dance

Danceland has been graced by a number of famous musicians and avid dancers over the years.

Dancing the night away is easy if the floor is cushioned by coiled horse-hair, and the interior of Danceland offers proof of that.
Photo by  G. Berge
Dancing the night away is easy if the floor is cushioned by coiled horse-hair, and the interior of Danceland offers proof of that. — G. Bergen photo

Your favourite melodies filling the room as you glide across the dance floor - sounds like paradise, doesn't it? Actually, you can experience this musical bliss in the cozy village of Manitou Beach, Saskatchewan. 

Danceland is one of the town's most beloved attractions, and it has brought famous musicians to its stage for nearly nine decades. Past performers include Guy Watkins, Wilf Carter, Don Messer and his Islanders, the Inkspots, Bobby Gimby from the Happy Gang, and Mart Kenney, who made a return in 1996 to play at this memorable hall again.

The ballroom retains much of its original architecture, including the world-famous horsehair-sprung dance floor - a rare feature that dancers travel from all over the world to set foot on. The horsehair creates gentle movement when the floor is abuzz with dancers, giving guests a little extra spring in their step, and creating a dreamy, bouyant sensation.

Plan your perfect dance date

The events here are numerous, and you can check the online schedule to find out what's happening during your visit. There are square dance weekends, dinner theatre nights, and seasonal events throughout the year (Danceland is open all year round). Before each four-hour dance, Danceland hosts a delicious buffet dinner (be sure to make reservations, as these are popular). There is also Polkafest to look forward to, which is held in spring and fall, and a well-attended New Year's Eve party. 

Whether it's just you and your significant other, or you're visiting with a large tour group, Danceland will welcome you warmly. The facility is located at 511 Lake Avenue in Manitou Beach, and is in close proximity to the Manitou Springs Hotel & Mineral Spa, the Manitou Beach Golf Club and the community of Watrous, which is a fabulous place to go camping and exploring.

 

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