Second community dance tonight at Depot Art Center |

Second community dance tonight at Depot Art Center

Tonight's community dance from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Depot Art Center will give locals an opportunity to partner dance or just kick up their heels to many different genres of music.

— Charles Horton said the best part of the last community dance was all the people who participated.

The second community dance, with a “Dance into Spring” theme, is tonight at the Depot Art Center from 7 to 11 p.m.

“The thing that really touched my heart was the sense of community,” Horton said. “There was the whole gamut of people and everyone was in there dancing. People were having fun, and it was not just for one age group.”

Middle school students through 70-year-olds attended the first community dance two months ago.

“The problem with Steam-boat right now is that we have nowhere to go dancing,” said Leslie Lovejoy. “Various places have all shut down and this is our way of being able to get out and dance.”

Lovejoy and her fiance have been taking dance classes at Colorado Mountain College for a couple years and the community dance gives them an opportunity to practice the waltz, two-step, swing and other couple dances.

“The last time I went, my partner was gone on a trip,” she said. “I went alone and just grabbed people to dance with me and I had a great time.”

Horton and Polly Cogswell sponsored and organized the first community dance and Betsy Rapp and Gigi Walker have planned tonight’s event.

“We are taking turns on who’s going to sponsor it,” Lovejoy said. “That involves booking the place, putting money down, making and distributing fliers and hiring the deejay.”

DJ Kip Strean will spin again at tonight’s dance and all genres of music will be played.

Middle school students will collect the $10 entrance fee and hang people’s coats.

“We hired the middle school kids because none of us wanted to do it. We wanted to dance,” Horton said. “And the coat check money will go toward their class trip.”

Last time, the organizers broke even.

“This time, we are thinking if we have any profits, we will give it to the Molly Look fund,” Walker said.

She is very excited to have a venue to participate in partner dancing, and she loves to dance for many reasons.

“It makes you feel good, and I’ve danced since I was a little girl,” she said. “I grew up in a household of music and dancing. It’s the way I was raised and it’s a part of who I am.”

– To reach Allison Plean, call 871-4204

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