Does the waltz use a mosh pit?
Coronado student leaders learn steps for Senior Citizen Dance


Broadmoor dance instructor Vic Fast trips the light fantastic with Coronado student LaTosha Phelps while providing free
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Grant Goerzen expects to be waltzing Feb. 27.
       It's not a dance step the Coronado High student body president practices every day. In fact, if a Broadmoor ballroom dance instructor hadn't shown up at the school this week, Goerzen could only say he'd done it once in his life. That was last year, when he and other CHS Student Council members hosted the school's first-ever Senior Citizen Dance.
       “We got to dance with them and everything,” said Goerzen, now a senior. “Some of the ladies taught me how to waltz. I hope I can pick that up again this year.”
       The Student Council's second annual Senior Citizen Dance - a free event - is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Coronado's auxiliary gym.
       The gym is located by the school tennis courts, allowing cars to drive up to it and let people off at the entrance.
        The 45 council members (frosh through seniors) have sent out invitations to various assisted living centers and homes for the elderly in Colorado Springs, hoping to improve on the relatively small turnout at last year's event, Goerzen said.
        “Any senior citizen that wants to come can come,” he said.
       Using money accumulated from fund-raising events during the year, the council has hired a 17-piece orchestra (the New Century Big Band) and is buying decorations and refreshments (expected to be punch and cookies). In addition, the students will be doing the decorating - picture lots of balloons) - making posters and possibly whipping up some homemade treats of their own.
       The chief fund-raising activity for the council is concession sales at games and sales of school paraphernalia year-round, according to Jill Haffley, honors history teacher and Student Council advisor. In addition, for the dance, council was able to gain donations of food and money from area businesses and a 50-percent fee reduction from the orchestra.
        “The heartbeat of the school runs through the Student Council,” she said.
       According to Goerzen, the senior-dance idea came up out of the blue in Student Council last year. “It was just something we talked about, something good for the community,” he said. “A lot of times teenagers get bad coverage in the media. This was something we could do, a fun deal.”
       And maybe this year he can learn to mambo.

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