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Spring Break in Vegas, swing and country dancing and pond skimming in the snow

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

I’ve spent some time on the road this year on some of my weekends opening for a road comic who has played Vegas. He jokes that as much as we’d like to hope, things that happen there don’t necessarily stay there.

I have a few stories too funny not to repeat.

I haven’t been to Vegas in a few years, and the last time I went I was with my parents and their best friends. So the shenanigans didn’t run as late as that infamous girls’ weekend off trip I took several years ago with seven other ladies. There was a bachelorette party, lime Jell-O shots and tubing on a lazy river. We signed a pact that was ultimately broken and, when coupled with high levels of estrogen, resulted in a yelling match of epic proportions.

Of course we all made up, so the tension was short-lived.

One of the great things about living in the valley is that it’s only an eight-hour drive to Vegas. That means within the time it takes to work a normal work day, we could drive to the Entertainment Capital of the World. The time flies even more when flying there.

Better yet, it’s only a couple of hours direct.

Maybe a spring break trip to Sin City is calling. It’s a quick get-away that can lead to fast fun. Especially if what happens there doesn’t stay there.

Everyone loves a great Vegas story.


I just love swing dancing. There’s nothing like the fast-moving rhythms and a night of fun swing dancing to get the adrenaline pumping like rafting through Shoshone. The joint will be jumping Friday in Carbondale as the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Studio hosts a Lindy Hop Playshop at 7 p.m. today at Third Street Center, 520 Third St. Join instructors Mark Willson and Margot Richardson, originally of the Seattle-based Savoy Swing Troupe who have been teaching social dance in Paonia for more than two years as Delicious Dance, for a night of learning original American swing. Dancers of all ability levels and welcome, and partners and experience are not required. Dancers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes (flats are good for Lindy), a water bottle and friends. Advance registration is also suggested, and admission is $23. Learn more at http://www.meetup.com/RFVDance/events/163025222.


A weekend of dancing continues Saturday, as the Roaring Fork Social Dancers host boot scooting and two-step boogying at the Glenwood Springs Masonic Temple, 901 Colorado Ave. The Saturday night dancefest is being described as “the big one, the mother lode, and the granddaddy of country dances.” I’m not sure about the rest of the valley, but that sounds like my kind of party. Throw on those cowboy hats, tight Wranglers and hard-soled shoes and hit the dance floor, starting with a class from 7-8 p.m. for $3 a person and $5 per couple, taught by Scott Hopkins, and open dancing from 8-11 p.m. Wear hard-soled shoes and bring a favorite beverage. Come stag or bring a partner. The evening includes a raffle drawing, and admission is $15 per person, $25 per couple. Learn more at http://www.meetup.com/RFVDance/events/169353992.


The party doesn’t stop Saturday night as Sunlight Mountain Resort plans a Sunday Funday with its annual Beach Party Pond Skim Spectacular featuring prizes, live music and boat drinks. Sunlight’s best skimmer wins a season pass for next year, and the best costume scores a new K2 snowboard. The theme is beach party, so bikinis and Speedos are welcome. I might advise a jacket to go with that. Or at least some leg warmers. Enjoy drinks on the Sunlight deck while the brave souls splash through the waves. Registration is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and is $20. Skimming begins at high noon, and The Poser Band plays live music after the show.

April E. Clark would need to lose a bet to ski in a bikini. She can be reached at arts@postindependent.com.

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