Helen Bush

April 9, 1919 - Feb. 21, 2019 *************

  With a little help from our      Friends   (Actually a lot of help)

 The crowds have been small, but they're looking better.

The bands had agreed to lower their

fee until we can get more people.

  100 a night & they get their

regular pay... & don't they deserve it ..

THEY have been GREAT!    Let's help them out .. Bring some more friends !

We also went up a $1 on the door.

in hopes that we can make enough

to cover expenses & ride out the virus.  We're getting there. Thank you ...

for all that have helped. 

We really have some


people out here!   Thank you so much 

                             it really means a lot

                               to us that you care

                          Thank You!

She was


We are in the middle of corn fields.

We are 2 miles south

& 2 miles west of


(1 mile South of Hwy 141 from the North Side)

A little over 2 miles west of Hwy 141

from the East side)

Just a Reminder

We DO NOT allow Water - Food or Alcohol

to be brought into

the ballroom. 

We sell bottled & pitchers of Water - Pop - Food -

Beer & Alcohol.

(This helps us pay for the overhead) Thank you


It has been Brought to my attention some of you are bringing in Dance Wax.


​I have had some people fall & a number of complaints because the Floor is tooo slick.  We have some wax by the stage (right side)

If your shoes are rubber

soles ... that is why you want more wax.

Most dancers wear leather shoes ... tooo much wax makes it terribly slick for them.  We don't want anybody falling.


bring it in.



We are so sorry to lose some more of

our old friends & dancers.

Ray Duffee 2/23/14

Jean Zmolek   3/30/14

Dave Barnes  5/15/14

Margaret Lee  5/18/14

Coloma (Kip) Shannon  6/21/14 (our ticket Lady)

Max Wheelwright 6/28/14

Joseph Book 7/30/2014

Evelyn Dagnillo 9/16/14

Rhonda Armstrong 11/28/14

Yes .... There was a Lake.

Mr. Robbins made a man-made lake

 put an 8 sided cabin on it with a board walk.         

This was in the beginning of 1920's.

He started building the Ballroom in 1929       

It  opened November 11, 1931.                    

Herbie Kay out of Chicago was the     

Orchestra. His female vocalist was              

Dorothy Lamour.                    

She was 17 years old.                    

 We will be Celebrating the Ballroom's                    

90th Anniversary

with our All Star Band       

      Sunday Nov. 14, 2021               

    (actual date is 11/11/1931)                

      We have Perry Como's autograph

         from when  he sang out here with

                     the Ted Weems Orchestra

   We know Ronald Regan danced out           

here when he worked for WHO        .................     

    10 more years & we'll be 100 years         

26726 150th St

Woodward,  IA    50276


We are so sorry to lose

more Friends

Al Godfredsen 2/6/15

Pinky Redman  - 2/17/15 Al Welsh Orchestra's drummer for 60 years.

Del Martin 1/2015

Helen Cunningham  11/18/2014
Johnny Saunders 2/8/2015
Gary Grant 2/20/2015

Vince Morris  2/21/2015

Eleanore  Meier  8/3/2015

Lou Greco 8/17/2015

Marilyn Meyer  8/31/2015

Howard Clemons  9/   /2015

Jack Vierling    11/3/2015

Josephine Thiel   11/7/2015

Robert Ziesman 12/4/2015

Larry Schultze  12/6/2015

Bill Cardwell   1/7/2016
Reta Williams 1/28/2016

Alice Jenkins 2/21/2016

Lester Menke 3/5/2016

Karen Swenson 6/11/16

Conrad John 6/17/16

Wilma Jean Bess 7/2/2016 (Previous Owner)

Arlene Hendrixson 7/17/16A

Duane (Bud) Young 7/23/16

Jeanne Robbins Phillips 9/17/16 ( Father & Grandfather built Lake Robbins)

Charles Heinz  10/16

Dick Smith 11/26/16

Norman Gore 1/29/17

Arlyce Nichols 3/2/17

Jeanette Ziesman 3/6/17

Don Kinnison 5/16/17

Michael Westaby 5/17/17 (Gloria & Marlo's son)

Gary "Hatch" Hatcher 6/30/17

Patsy Capen 7/1/17

Belle Maring 8/31/17

Tim Dawson 10/13/17

Nada Shannon 11/24/17

Betty Greif - Feldmann 2/13/18

Anoka Stratton  4/25/18

Noah Bess 5/14/2018 (Wilma & Pete's son)

​Bryan Idso 7/9/18 (Karon's son & our PT Cook)

Howard Hammond  7/23/18

​Maggie Radebaugh 7/27/18

Velma Bailey 9/17/18 (one of the Bouton ladies who helped us.)

Charles Radke  10/12/18  (keyboard in Al Welsh & Everett Boyer's bands)

Horace Young 10/19/18

Wendall Eike 11/6/2018

Gordie Strain  2/9/19 (with Midwest Rock & Soul Revue Band)

​Helen Bush  2/21/19

Jon Stafford 3/13/19   (According to Hoyle Band)

Ross Leeper 4/11/19   (Al Welsh & Everett Boyer's Bands)

Joan Lindner 4/14/19

Everett Boyer 6/2019 (his 1st job with his band was here at Lake Robbins)

Maxine Martens 7/4/19

Nancy Dean  8/28/19  (Tex Dean's wife)

Keith Knight  10/2/19

Owen           10/6/19

Jack West  10/22/19

Nadine Christensen 12/4/19

Carol Reeves 4/12/20 (She was a great help .. kitchen & serving)

Loren Roiger 4/25/20

Tex Dean 6/2020 (Drummer for Everett Boyer, Stardusters, Sentimential Swing)

Russell Dent 6/23/20

Noel Friday 7/2020

Mary Louise McLain 9/21/20

Don (Beans) Welder 10/2020

Jerry Stenstrom  12/2020 (Played Trumpet for Everett Boyer)

Gloria Westaby 1/9/2021

Alvin Cole  1/12/2021

Royce Winge  4/8/2021

 Our Ticket Lady for 81 3/4 - 82years     

I'm not sure what year this was taken but this is the north side of the Ballroom. It's changed a bit.

   72 Years for Wilma 

          with the Ballroom.

   Wilma married Pete Bess

  in 1944.  (Previous owners.)

  .... but She started

    dancing at the Ballroom

    in  '37 or '38  In her 

      high school years.

                (that's 79 years)

LakeRobbins Ballroom 

We heard Everett Boyer

passed away in June 2019

What a great lost. His first job with his band was at Lake Robbins. He told me he was always greatful to Wilma for given his band a chance.

His band was always one of the favorites at the Ballroom.  We sure have missed his wonderful music.

We do take reservations
On  regular dances you may call in or let us know. We do not guarantee a certain table but will try to get you close to the area you like.
We have employees taking reservations all the time & sometimes the table may already be spoken for & we're not aware of it.
Reservations are 1st come 1st serve bases.
Some of our regular dancers have favorite tables
& have let the waitresses know they are coming.
They usually get the same table all the time.
On Special Events
(Some events we do NOT take reservations)
There are no regular tables. If you want a table you need to reserve. We need to know you are coming. It is 1st to reserve gets the table. So if you have a favorite it is best to reserve early. (Weeks ahead).
Some special events are reservations only with advanced tickets.  The day before or day of

will not get you close to the dance floor.

My dancers reserve early to get the best tables.
We are trying hard to be fair with reservations & we have had some big screw ups & we're sorry it happened. Please be patient we are trying to make it better. We have had some big nights, but we have never ran out of room. So please don't let not having a reservation stop you from coming. We will find you a table.

Available for Weddings  & In House Catering

See our Wedding page


Starting  MAY 1st Saturday hours

Dance Lessons:  $5

Triple 2-Step .. (all of July)

5:30 - 6:30

Instructor:William Paugh

Doors: 6 pm

Dance: 7 - 11 .. $10 


will stay  5 - 8:30 .. $13

Lessons  still

3:30 - 4:30 .. $5

Waltz ... (all of July)

FOOD is always available when open

Wilma with good friends, Marge, Judy, & Helen

​​This Ballroom was Built for Dancing!

Hit the


button for

Band listings


the Automated

A specialThank Youto our Dancers, Bands & Friends

for the Contributions so that we can have one here at the Ballroom.  A Very Special THANK YOU

for the ones who promoted  & made it happen. 

What can I say .... we have the best !

So sorry to lose Tex Dean

he was the drummer for

Everett Boyer, Stardusters,

Al Welsh, Sentimential Swing,

One of the Best

He was one of the first to win

on the Ted Mack Show.

He was also the drummer for

Pat Boone many years ago.


4thof JulyWeekend

Picnic Special (Sat & Sun )

 Sat. 6/3 .. Lonesome Fugitive 

CW ... 7-11.. $10

Sun. 6/4 .. Gaylin Sudik& Friends

Big Band/Variety ... 4:30 - 8 .. $13

You will find more dance dates on the Schedule page.

Ouch!*!    Sharon

So sorry about your fall

& fractured knee. But

We knew you couldn't

stay away toooo long!

So Goood to see you out. We're all hoping for a Speedy recovery


        July 3 .. Sat.   Lonesome Fugitive             CW ...   7 - 11 ... $10

    *DANCE LESSONS* No Lessons 3rd & 4th

Saturdays  ... all of June & July

* Triple 2-Step .. 5:30 - 6:30 .. $5

  Sundays ...  all of June & July

* Waltz ...     3:30 - 4:30 pm .. $5

      Instructor - William Paugh .. Lesson - Beginners 


               4th of July...                                        Gaylin Sudik & friends

             Big Band /Variety   4:30 - 8  ... $13

Feb. 1, 1923 - July 2, 2016

 You Should Be  Dancing!  

We are dancing ...

And having Fun!

the Crowds are small .. But getting better!

plenty of social distancing ...

We can have 100  people on the

floor & still  be 6ft apart!

We need  more people

to keep us open  ....   just hoping

to pay the overhead

We want you to be safe so only

come if you feel comfortable.

It is nice to see people out again!

And isn't it FUN!

Our hearts go out to

their families. 
A lot of fond memories in remembering them out here dancing.

​​​​Bryan Idso 

July 24, 1986 -July 9, 2018

Karon's son & our Friend

He also was our part time cook/bartender