As you see, we’ve changed the name from the Southwest Polka Party to Southwest Dance Party this year. The reason for this is that we’ve had numerous request for some time to open our event to other styles of dancing, in addition to the polka music we traditionally have.


  This year’s dates are February 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2019, a couple weeks later than the last few years.


  Monday night’s “Kick-off Party” will be held in the Mardi Gras Ballroom this year, with a California band – “Express”, who have been together 33 years. “Julie Lee & Her White Rose Band” from North Dakota will also play some this night – see the band schedule for details.


  We have an Early Bird Special this year! All who have paid for their Monday night dance tickets by October 15th will have their names entered into a special Monday night drawing for two free nights and $100 food credit at the Orleans Hotel & Casino. We will also have many other drawings on Monday night as before. Monday night the Mardi Gras Ballroom will be open seating only – no reserved tables.


  This year we’re expanding our venue to feature “Country Night” on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the Esplanade Ballroom. We’ve hired a country band from Arizona – Reign-N-Country to give us a little different flavor those two nights in the small ballroom.


  To round out our band schedule, we will bring back “The Alaska Polka Chips” from Alaska and also “The Leon Olsen Show” from Minnesota. To greet you each day as doors open at 11:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be the music of “Fr. Arnold Kari” from South Dakota.


  Attention – All Talented Jammers – Ray Reinbold will be heading up the “Southwest Open Dance Jam” to be held from 2:30-4:30 on Tuesday and Wednesday this year. To learn more about participation, please call Ray at his Canadian #780-632-2098 from April through October, or US #520-560-0572 from November through February. There will be a back-up band provided and all talented jammers are invited. To participate, give Ray a call or email him at


  Tickets can be reserved anytime by calling Julie Lee at 701-367-9696. We accept cash, check or credit card payments. We take Visa, Mastercard or Discover Card as credit card options. Your reservation will be guaranteed upon receipt of your payment by check or credit card. You can also email Julie Lee at but DO NOT leave any credit card information on an email. You MUST CALL to leave your credit card number. Remember – emails are not secure and we don’t want credit cards numbers on emails for your protection.


  We can’t wait to see you in Las Vegas and welcome you to “Southwest Dance Party 2019”.


-Julie Lee & Hugo Ternes