Students Get Involved In Salsa Dancing Contest

About 150 youngsters from Indio, La Quinta and Palm Desert will take to the floor in the Desert Sands Unified School District’s first ballroom-dancing competition later this month. Advertisement On May 16, students will tango, fox-trot, salsa, East Coast swing, or cha-cha their ways through the competition, said Bob Horn, who is co-organizing the event. Each dance will have its own competition with participants engaging in two dance-offs. Judges will select three couples to remain on the floor to compete for first-, second- and third-place medallions, Horn said. All competitors will receive a participation ribbon. The schools with the entrants who win first place in the competitions will also receive a trophy that will be displayed for a year, Horn said. Horn and his wife, Nancy, who are professional dancers, held free dance lessons for after-school-program teachers at schools in the district. Those teachers then taught children in their programs.