Keep on dancin’
Dear Editor:I want to thank all those members from the Aspen community and valley who helped make our kick-off dance on Saturday, March 31, a resounding success. We had more than 75 participants dancing to the tunes of swing and fox trot with a short, free lesson taught by Susan Kocsh.The event’s success was made possible by the dedicated efforts of Doug Lee who set up the sound system and music; Cheryl Schmidt and Janet Hunt who did the advertising, decorations and handled the door; and Ken Larson and Jim Gleason who provided the refreshments.I want to thank the city of Aspen and in particular City Councilmembers J.E. DeVilbiss and Jack Johnson, who played a key role in helping push ahead the task of returning the former youth center to its original maple floor and dancing use. Without their efforts, this could not have been accomplished.We urge the city manager to continue with the improvement of the former Youth Center space (Rio Grande Commons) acoustically so that its community use might be further expanded for greater community benefit in the use of theatre, meetings, and voice presentations.Aspen Community Social Dance plans to have monthly dances in the Rio Grande Commons space on the third weekend of each month, with a short free lesson taught before the dance. Live music with local bands and groups will perform from time to time and guest dance instructors, such as nationally known Jim Borzym, will be teaching from time to time.Our next dance will be on Saturday, April 21, with guest teacher Jim Borzym teaching a free class on ballroom steps, beginning at 7 p.m. We welcome all those interested, in helping organize these events, as well as the community at large, to attend these social dances monthly.Junee KirkAspen
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