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The Susquehanna County Commissioners’ meeting was held on Wednesday , November 12 at the Susquehanna County Office Building. Commissioners Allen, Giangrieco, and Warren, and Chief Clerk Sylvia Beamer were present. There were approximately 20 people in attendance.
The Montrose School Board had a run-in with the tango at the November 10 meeting, held in the newly renovated Community Learning Center. Students from the Spanish-four class attended the meeting, in order to demonstrate skills learned under the tutelage of recent artist in residence, Mr. Vince Brust. For a few minutes, the high school library was transformed into a ballroom and the students, dressed for the occasion, performed. Spanish instructor Kathy Goerlitz discussed her initial reticence over the amount of time the program took from her classroom. Mr. Brust, however, encouraged her to incorporate the dancing with the curriculum, and the experience became a study in culture. Divided into groups, students researched different dances. They discussed the definition of culture, and made posters regarding their dance and its cultural attachments. These were presented in class. In addition to this, those who learned dances were able to demonstrate their skill for other students and staff. Mr. Brust complimented the dancing ability of the students, stating that some danced with the precision one might see on television. In fact, he said he might try to arrange for some to dance on a ballroom dancing program with which he is connected. All who spoke were positive about the experience. Mr. Brust felt the largest benefit of the dance lessons to be their potential for imbuing students with the desire to learn Spanish. Those involved in the board presentation went through the standard certificate and handshake ritual.
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