The Memphis Bop Club was born out of frustration, the frustration that Memphis dancers felt when Chevy’s closed in early 1986 and no other night clubs offered the music or dancing opportunity to meet our needs.
On April 3, 1987, the first meeting of a hand full of people who loved to dance was held. These people were committed to the idea of possibly forming their own “Bop Club”. The members of that were group were, Tom Polzin, Glenda (Martin) Drewery, John Davis, Bunnie Lee Whilhelm, Pete Wade, and Lin Quint. They committed their time and energies to pursuing the idea of
“The Memphis Bop Club”.
They prepared an application form and took it to Temptation, the only night club in town supporting 50’s and 60’s music at the time. It didn’t take long to find out it was a great idea. The response was overwhelming. Within the first few weeks the Club went from 50 to 75 and then 100.
The first dance lessons were given to students in member’s homes. The first monthly parties were held in the clubhouse at Lin Quint’s apartment complex. That location did not last long because it was soon out grown and a larger facility was needed. So, throughout the last 30 years the Club has danced on a regular basis at several different locations in every part of Memphis but what has
remained constant is a love of music, dance, and people.
The Memphis Bop Club is now in its 31st year of existence. We are still going strong and still committed to maintaining recognition of the specific style of music and dance known as the "Memphis Bop" and other forms of dance, as a part of our National Musical Heritage.