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Mount Union College Students Learn to Line Dance

February 20, 2007

Country line dancing lessons, held Friday, February 16, were sponsored by After Hours.

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Line Dance Lessons

Chris Hall, an instructor from the Dusty Armadillo, and originally from the Pittsburgh area, taught line dancing to a group of almost 50 people.

'After Hours decided to do this event because we like to provide different types of events for the MUC campus. We have never tried line dancing before, but we knew how popular it is to go to the Dusty Armadillo,' Katie Stache, junior exercise science/physical education major and the After Hours student coordinator, said.

After Hours decided to bring in an instructor to teach line dancing. Due to the fast pace of some of the dances, it could be difficult to catch on to at the Dusty Armadillo. Having an instructor provided a means to slow down the line dances, allowing more students to catch on and have fun.

'The instructor also enjoyed it. It was his first time ever coming to a school and teaching lessons like this,' Stache said. He had a great time and 'offered to come back again. Overall, After Hours was pleased with the event.'

Stache added that it is possible an event similar to this one would be held in spring 2008.

According to Ellen Campbell, assistant director of student involvement and leadership, 'After Hours was started during the 2002-2003 academic year as a way to offer alcohol-free alternative programming on weekends. After Hours is not a student organization; it is a program run by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, which works closely with student volunteers. We have one student coordinator, Katie Stache for this year, who works to coordinate the meeting with the advisory board (group of students who plan events) and the contacts needed to pull off the events they plan.'

'I think that the program does a great job of meeting the needs of students who do not want to go out and party on the weekend. After Hours takes regular surveys to make sure we are meeting the needs of students with the events we plan,' Campbell said. 'Some of our most successful events are free trips to places like Jacob's Field for a game, Quaker Steak and Lube, events on campus like PotteryPalooza, If you win the game, you win the game, and bingo.

'Mount Union students should take advantage of this program because it is free, or if there is a cost, it is no more than $5,' Campbell said. 'It's fun; we try to do different things for all types of students, and there is always pizza! The students who plan the events work hard and have fun doing it; it is always a good time! '

For a schedule of upcoming After Hours events, go to www.mountunion.edu/student_life/student_involvement_and_leadership/after_hours/upcoming_events.

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