Dance the night away in Burns


April 14, 2022

Karen Lipska/Pine Bluffs Post

Above: Dance instructor, Dave Urquidez gives dance lessons at the Burns Plex.

Burns lions club dance and carpenter taco

The smell of tacos was inviting and the dancers feet were moving to the beat at the Burns Plex on April 2, 2022. The Burns Lions Club hosted their second dance of the year. But this time the Carpenter Elementary School & community members joined in and served tacos.

Karen Lipska/Pine Bluffs Post

Above: Members of the Carpenter Elementary School and it's community served up tacos at the Burns Lions Club dance as a fundraiser.

This started a few weeks ago on March 18th when the Burns Lions Club had dance lessons for folks that wanted to learn how to dance or to freshen up their dance skills. Dance Spirit dance studio owned by Dave Urquidez came in to teach people how to dance. There were two dances; the Cowboy Swing and the Cowboy Shuffle. Urquidez had two lines of people to teach the steps. He went slow and with a small series of steps for the people to learn. Urquidez dances with different partners to show how to teach other couples their part. Next, he rotates the woman down the line for everyone to learn more from each one. There were about fifty people that attended the session. The night went fast for every step to learn to dance. Urquidez said, "I was impressed with the number of people that showed up." He's been teaching for over fifty years. Urquidez has been in contests with his dancers. This night, people ranged from all ages that were learning how to dance. Some were there to learn for their wedding.

Saturday night April 2nd started out with the Carpenter Elementary School and community members serving tacos, cookies and drinks. This was a fundraiser for the Carpenter School by the parents. They had to skip a couple years due to the pandemic. In the past they hosted a bingo fundraiser, but this year they thought a change would be good. This will be their 34th year for fundraising for the Carpenter School. The money goes to purchasing books, funding field trips, and other activities to help the students. This year 350 people were served. They had great sponsors to support the event along with the volunteers they had. They also would like to thank the Burns Lions Club for all their support throughout the event.

After enjoying a delicious taco dinner the band started playing and folks headed for the dance floor to burn off some of those calories from the great food. The band playing this evening was Country Club from Cheyenne. All ages were out on the dance floor cuttin' a rug. With a full dance floor, other attendees were visiting with friends, family and neighbors catching up on what is going on in the community. People came from Laramie, Cheyenne, Torrington, and Burns just to name a few places. This is a great way for people to get to know others and have a great time too. The Burns Lions Club would like to thank everyone that helped and attended the event. They will try in the fall for more dances. For right now the Burns Lions Club is getting ready for Burns Day on June 11th. The event will start at 7 a.m. and end late in the evening with different events throughout the day. The lessons, food, and dancing were great times for all.


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