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Coronado's annual senior citizens dance March 22 at Community Center

       The public is invited to a free intergenerational dance event with live music sponsored by Coronado High student government Saturday, March 22 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in Hughes Hall at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       Music will be performed by the New Century Big Band, which is known for older tunes that lend themselves to ballroom or swing dancing.

In a photo from February 2004, Vic Faast, a Broadmoor dance instructor who has since passed on, works with Coronado High Student Council members on ballroom dance steps in preparation for their second annual senior citizens dance.
Westside Pioneer file photo
The school's annual outreach activity started in 2003, with emphasis on connecting with senior citizens. This is the fourth year it's been at the Westside Community Center.
       Grady Piña, student government's social morale leader, said the “Senior Dance” (as the students are calling it this year) is intended to be a formal-dress occasion and is open to all ages. As is traditional for the event, the student leaders themselves will be introduced to classic dance styles by a person who will come to the school and demonstrate them, he said.
       Flyers are being delivered to senior community nursing homes and the Senior Center, as well as to various senior organizations and through an e-mail list, added Diana Fitzsimmons, a Coronado English teacher who supervises student government. “I hope this helps promote it and make it more successful this year. We are hoping to have many grandmas and grandpas.”
       The event (which has previously gone by the names of “Senior Citizens Dance” or “Ball” or “Prom for Seniors”) was held in the evening until last year, when it was changed to the afternoon to make the weather and late hours less of a concern for some.
       A Feb. 26, 2004, article in the Westside Pioneer interviewed then-Coronado Student President Grant Goerzen about the dance. He had been an underclassman the previous year when students hatched the idea. Here is a paragraph from that Pioneer article:
       “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.' ”

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 3/13/14; Schools: Coronado)

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