The Coterie of Evansville



The Coterie is a formal dance club that was formed in 1948. Some believe it is the oldest formal dance club in America that has been in continuous existence.


During the late 1940's, hundreds of formal dance clubs, associated with the Big Band Era, formed in the United States. At that time, four clubs were organized in Evansville. They were The Mead Johnson Dance Club, Town and Country, Town Assembly, and The Coterie. Eventually all of these dance clubs merged into The Coterie.


The governing body is an elected board who elects the officers each year.

There are five dances each year spaced generally two months apart. Dress code is formal with gentlemen required to wear dark suits or tuxedos (preferred) and formal wear for ladies. Guests are welcome to any dance. The guest fee per dance is $35 a couple or $20 for a single.

Music is presented by live bands from the Midwest and Southeast, which are typically well known bands and orchestras with a vocalist. Bands that have performed or that are scheduled for The Coterie include Edd Jones, Bill Kokos, Lonnie Lynn, Jerry Ford, Bobby Layne, and Johnnie Kaye among others. The bands provide a array of dance music including fox trot, waltz, east and west coast swing, cha cha, rumba, tango, samba, mambo, bolero, and more.

rs                                                                                     Board of Directors



Carl Smith   Shala Smith Roger McBride


Linda Tooley   Tom Tooley Larry May

Band Master:

Terri Hopple & John Warren   Thomas Crane Richard Wilson


Joe Holtz   Anna Wagner  


Sherry May    

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