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UW Students Host Swing Dance to Benefit Kenyan Orphans

January 22, 2009 — A swing dance benefitting Kenyan orphans will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in the Union Pacific Train Depot, 600 S. First St. in Laramie.

Students hosting the Swing for Shoes event invite community members to take part in swing dance lessons and listen to live big band jazz while supporting children in need.

Students in the University of Wyoming Curiosity, Creativity and Collaboration course are working with the Cross Cultural Communications class to provide proceeds from the event to benefit the Shalom Garden Orphanage in Kenya. Donations, accepted at the door, will help purchase school uniforms and build a schoolhouse for the orphans.

Those attending will spend an evening listening and dancing to big band music by the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble, directed by Scott Turpen, and the UW Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Mark Sheridan-Rabideau. Guests will also be invited to partake in swing dance lessons given by UW dance students and members of the UW Swing Dance Club.

"This event will be fun and meaningful, bringing the community together, enabling them to dance and have fun, while at the same time positively affecting the world community," says Zachary Tolman, a student planning the event. "People who donate money for the event can know that their donations are not only going to pay for a fun night out, but they will help create a better world for these needy children."

For more information, e-mail Meg Wood at

Swing Dance -- UW Swing Club members Zach Taylor, junior in political science from Aurora, Colo., and Katie Maysilles, senior in wildlife biology & fisheries management from Loveland, Colo., invite community members to take part in Friday's event to benefit Kenyan orphans.

Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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