“Some are widows or widowers, divorced or people who are just single and want to get out with their peers,” Ferrari says.
The dances draw people from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, who enjoy a variety of music ranging from Top 40 to line-dancing.
“It adds another element of user engagement and interaction,” she says.
“It adds something very valuable to their social lives.” Some Pittsburgh-area offline group events have been gaining popularity.
The dances have led to at least 50 couples getting engaged or married, Ferrari says.
Some have used online-dating sites and still do, but she says most prefer the casual group setting the event provides. “In person, they can make a connection, but it doesn't hurt to start online.” Sandy Bizon, 52, of West Deer has tried online sites, but prefers meeting people in person at the dances.
“They can meet people with the same background,” she says.Last month, the site launched a mobile app for smartphones called Crazy Blind Date.Users choose which night they'd like to go on dates and pick their favorite bar or coffee shop.“The ultimate goal is to meet somebody in the real world,” Spira says.“Otherwise, you end up with a digital pen pal.” Spira, who attends Stir events, says group settings create a great opportunity for people to meet their online crushes in a casual way. You can say, ‘By the way, I noticed your profile on or Plenty of Fish.' It's a really great ice breaker,” she says.