The 20s still alive in Chugwater

Allie Van Why dances the waltz with Aiden Kontour at the 20s dance party in Chugwater.

CHUGWATER – The Chugwater School was hopping with the Charleston one evening last week. The Student Council presented a program to correlate with their fundraiser for toys for the Child Cancer ward at Cheyenne Regional Center.
The kids asked for attendees to bring a toy for the hospital and enjoy a spaghetti dinner with all the fixings. After everyone was finished eating, a dance lesson taught by Josephine Young of Dance Wyoming took place in the gym. All the festivities were geared around a 1920s theme.
“Rolling into the 2020s we wanted to celebrate the 1920s era and the history,” explained Chugwater principal, Kellie Jo Williams. “The kids are having fun with the nostalgia.”
The Chugwater Student Council is sponsored by science teacher Bryce Cushman. The president is Sabryna Schaffer, vice president is Cyndee Fortik and Glenda Heckel is the secretary.
The event was attended by students of all ages and some community members attended as well as some educators. Young separated the dancers into two groups. One group learned the male or lead steps while the other group learned the female or follower part. She started with the waltz, moved to the tango and ended the lesson with the dance made famous in the 20s – the Charleston. Smiles abounded as dancers tried the steps with varying degrees of success. After the lesson, everyone was encouraged continue dancing and enjoy the evening together as a school and community.


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