Round Dancers Offer Glimpse Into Club’s Lineup

They don’t wear pouffy skirts or bolo ties and cowboy boots; and while it’s true that some of the music can have a country western flair, the dancers who show up to round dance classes in Sun City Summerlin are learning to rumba and waltz to all sorts of music. Similar to square dancing in that there is a designated cuer, “Round dancing is composed of figures, choreography and routines,” said instructor Deb Vogt. “It’s a lot like learning words and making sentences.”

Deb said for this kind of dancing, her students can’t wear tennis shoes. Solid-soled shoes allow dancers to slide along the floor when Deb begins to call out:

“Quick, Quick, Slow
Fence Line Twice
Half the Basic
New Yorker, Twice
Peek-a-boo, Chase
He Turns to Face
Both Cucaracha

And other such phrases.

Round dancing, like Deb explained has its own language made up of cucarachas, walking crabs and lariats; throw in a couple of peek-a-boos, a chase, a fence line and, Voila!, you have a hot new routine.

In one demonstration, Deb joined the circle with a partner, her headset, and cranked up the music.

Quick, Quick, Slow
Progressive Walk 6
Quick, Quick, Slow
Same Technique
Circle Away and Together
Ball Flat, Ball Flat, Ball Flat
Quick, Quick, Slow

Deb punctuated her final move with a smile and a pose.

“Good, and that makes it rumba,” she said. “When you dance rumba your toes never leave the floor. ‘It’s ball flat, ball flat. That helps the hip. It’s the way to walk and look sexy.’ ”

Six couples turned out for Tuesday’s afternoon class. The dancers in Sun City are a united bunch who enjoy the chance to move, learn new steps and stay active.

“They are beginners,” Deb said of her students that day. “They work their butts off. If I’m not here on a Saturday, they practice, and they’re super nice to each other.”

The beginning ballroom dance class meets in the studio at the Desert Vista fitness studio on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.

For those interested in learning more about ballroom dancing and the Dance Connection in general, Club President Kris Steinwand explained that next week’s event at Desert Vista (on Tuesday, March 31) couldn’t have come at a better time. “The idea for the expo came about after the Dance Connection did the 5K Fun Day during Sun City’s 25th anniversary celebration. Everyone had fun watching and participating, and we wanted to create that environment again,” she said. “There will be mini dance classes, so people can experience what goes on in some of the classes, as well as dance demonstrations from Flamenco, round dance, hula and ballroom. The event is free, and we’re looking forward to a great evening of fun with our members and prospective new members.”

For more information or tickets to the expo, call Kris, 443-8759.

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The “Give Me Gershwin” show, scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, at the Starbright Theatre, has been canceled.

Shred Fair Returns Saturday, March 28

Las Vegas Mayor Pro-Tem Stavros Anthony hosts the ever-popular shred fair on Saturday, March 28, at Mountain Shadows. The event gets under way in the parking lot form 10 a.m. to noon. Residents may turn in up to five boxes of material; workers will be on hand to help unload cars and golf carts. Limited coffee and doughnuts will be available.




Sun City Welcomes Congressman Hardy
United States Congressman Cresent Hardy, R-Nev., opens office hours in Sun City Summerlin on Tuesday, March 24, at Desert Vista, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Representatives for the congressman will return to Sun City Summerlin every fourth Tuesday, same time and place, to help residents with problems and/or questions regarding government issues.



Early Voting Moves to Desert Vista
Sun City residents can cast their vote in the Las Vegas primary election during early voting hours at the Desert Vista community center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29.


Meet the Candidates for LV Mayor, March 30


Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Mayor Pro-Tem Stavros Anthony, Phil Cory and Abdul Shabazz will be in Sun City on Monday, March 30, for a candidate debate hosted by the Residents’ Forum. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and take place at Desert Vista. Due to limited seating, free tickets will be required for entry. Tickets are available at the social monitor stations at Desert Vista, Mountain Shadows and the Pinnacle. The debate will be moderated by Jon Ralston, host of “Ralston Reports” that airs nightly on KSNV-TV Channel 3. For information, call Glenda Rogers, 255-7755.

Ms. Senior Nevada 2014 Needs Your Help

Ms. Senior Nevada 2014 Audrey Smith and other Sun City residents are looking to get involved with Summerlin’s 2015 Fourth of July parade. The event takes place adjacent to Sun City Summerlin and is a very popular annual tradition. Volunteers would like to build and enter a float in the parade and highlight one of Sun City’s celebrity residents. If you would like to help build the float, lend a general hand or participate in walking the route, call Carlene, 254-9998.


SCSCAI’S Watering Schedule
Starting Monday, March 9, the Landscape Department will change its watering schedule for springtime hours. Turf will be watered as needed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at night and early morning; drip will be watered as needed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at night.

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