It was get down and get funky time at the Miami Springs/Virginia Gardens Optimist Club on Saturday, Sept. 28 as the club presented Boogie Nights. People got into the disco era of the 70s with tacky outfits and wigs, mostly afros.
The fundraising event began at 9 p.m. and was ongoing late into the night.
Optimist Club member Vivette Bain came up with the concept and organized the event. She strived for authenticity by doing research on Google and YouTube.
“We decorated the clubhouse like a club scene with mirrored disco balls. All the music is from the ’70s and there are drinks and snacks,” said Bain. “We’re also giving trophies for the best outfits and the best dancers of the hustle.”
DJ Frankie Bravo hit all the right notes with tunes by the Bee Gees, Donna Summer and, of course, the Village People, among others.
“You just can’t boogie without ‘Y.M.C.A.,’ ” said Bravo.
Bain, who was covered with a “ton of glitter,” said she was the glitter queen and wears glitter every day. Because of her relative youth, Bain said she used her computer to view videos of that era’s dances and practiced.
The best female costume winner was Aileen Vega. Eddy Figueredo won the best male costume award and the award for best hustle dancers went to Kenny and Aurora Fontan.
Susan Baan, who was often on the dance floor, said she loves music of the disco era and listens to it every day in her car. “I love Abba and the Bee Gees,” said Baan. “I also car dance. Who doesn’t?”