Dance for senior citizens at Coronado

       Coronado High School's Student Council will host the third annual Senior Citizens Dance Friday, Feb. 17 in the auxiliary gym.
       The free event, open to all seniors in the area, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. and feature the 17-piece New Century Big Band.
       Student Body President Matt Dooley described the dance as “giving back to them in a way, because a lot of what we do at the school is specifically for students.”
       At the same time, the Student Council members benefit by learning the classic dances that their elders know - such as the waltz, tango or mambo, he said.
       Student Council advisor Josue Palacios said the activity is part of the group's ongoing community service efforts. “I think it's good for kids to do services, especially for senior citizens,” he said. “it's important to make that bridge and connection.”
       Expenses for the dance, including the band, are chiefly being covered by council's share of concessions raised during sporting events, Palacios said.
       Having participated in last year's Senior Citizens Dance, Dooley said he “kinda” knows how to dance to ballroom music. However, he appreciates the refresher course that the students will be getting beforehand from a local ballroom specialist. That also happened in 2004. “He brought in a record player and taught us the old dances,” Dooley said. “It was really cool.”

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