Story & Photo by Alyson Crean
Key West Ambassador Lucy Carleton greeted nearly 400 dancers as they disembarked from the cruise ship Costa Atlantica. As an Ambassador, she presented the group a proclamation declaring November 29 as USA Dance Day in the City of Key West.
USA Dance is a national group overseeing the competitive version of ballroom dancing. It also supports programs for recreational ballroom dancing for all ages.
Carleton and her partner Leon Williams teach ballroom dancing in Key West.
Carleton is one of the City’s original Ambassadors, having graduated from the second Key West Ambassador Academy.
Class 16 begins on January 20. Participants in the program take an in-depth look at the workings of city government during the 16-week program. The roster of Ambassadors reads like a who’s who of Key West. The free program is based on the idea that an educated electorate is the bedrock of a well functioning democracy. It takes a look at everything from budget to how commissioners make decisions. Participants attend meetings, ride along with a Key West Police officer and participate in a round table with the entire City Commission.
Applications are being accepted for the upcoming class. They are available on the City’s web site at www.keywestcity.com. For more information, call Alyson at 809-1058
Key West Ambassador Lucy Carleton (center) presents a plaque to a group of 400 visiting dancers who arrived via cruise ship.