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Couple celebrating 25th anniversary at Hilltop dancing the night away

Meredith Geldmeier

— Every Wednesday night for a year and a half, Michael and Victoria Carrington, Steamboat residents since 1984, have been dancing at the Hilltop.

Although the bar is closed and the only disc jockey is an MP3 player, a common love of ballroom dancing consistently draws a small band of friends.

Michael Carrington said the couple’s dancing pursuits “started off as a joke.”

After his wife’s hip replacement, the couple decided to begin ballroom dancing lessons to test out the new hip.

However, what started off as a “joke” soon turned into a hobby.

Six months after Victoria Carrington’s surgery, the Carringtons joined John Wells’ ballroom dancing class at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus.

“He took a very reluctant me and turned me into a dancer,” Michael Carrington said.

Wells organized the group of 12 to 20 people now meeting at the Hilltop.

Although the dancers began as strangers, they are now good friends.

Victoria Carrington said if Wells was still in town, they would all still be taking lessons.

Three and a half years after Victoria Carrington’s surgery, the couple is still dancing. Victoria said she and her husband enjoy the Fox Trot the best and “love to dance to ‘Lucille’ by Kenny Rogers.”

The couple plans to keep dancing well into the future, and they want the community to dance with them.

To celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, the Carringtons will dance at the Hilltop from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. They have been running ads in the Steamboat Pilot & Today inviting any dancers who want to join them to come.

“We have a ball,” Michael Carrington said.


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