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Galveston College President, Dr Myles Shelton, congratulates Krista Cardenas on winning the William Maury Darst Scholarship. Kristina is a 2009 Ball High School graduate currently majoring in General Studies with a desire to enter a career as an architecture professional.
Galveston College Offers Dance Classes
Galveston College will offer four dance classes during the fall semester. The classes are:
Ballroom Dance – Introductory
So you want to ballroom dance? You’re about to enter a world of class, tradition and loads of fun. You will learn basic Waltz, Fox Trot, Cha Cha and Rhumba steps and patterns. Must wear comfortable clothes and shoes (no tennis shoes). Partners must register ($100 per couple). No textbook is required. Tuition is $50. Classes will meet 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 28 to Oct. 26.
Country Western Dance – Introductory
This is a beginning class for those who are new to dancing, have no experience with Country and Western dances or need a refresher. Students will learn the most popular Country & Western Dances: two-step and polka. The class will concentrate on the two-step and the basics of dance fundamentals. A variety of fun patterns will be taught, including couple and underarm turns, conversation, wraps and side-by-side. Ladies will learn how to spin. No textbook is required. Tuition is $50. Classes will meet 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 11 to Nov. 8.
Hustle is a smooth Ballroom couple dance from the 1970’s that is danced mainly to disco type music. Students will be learning beginner to intermediate patterns. This is a high energy, fun loving dance that everyone can learn and enjoy! Loose fitting clothes are required. No textbook is required. Tuition is $50. Classes will meet 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 15 to Nov. 17.
West Coast Swing
This is a beginning class for those who are new to Swing Dance or need a refresher. Students will learn West Coast Swing and be introduced to Jitterbug. The class will concentrate on the basics of dance fundamentals. A variety of fun patterns will be taught including beginning and intermediate levels. Tuition is $50; partners must register ($100 per couple). No textbook is required. Class will meet 8 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays Sept. 15 to Nov. 17.
Interested couples and individuals should call 409-944-1344 for more information.
History of Galveston College
Galveston College has served the learning interests of Galveston residents, businesses and industries for more than forty years. Many groups and individuals, both past and present, have played an important part in the development of Galveston College.
As early as 1934, there was considerable local interest in a community junior college for Galveston. Interested citizens were able to call and hold an election on November 2, 1935, which created a junior college district with geographical boundaries coterminous with those of the Galveston Independent School District.
Attempts to activate the district included a June 27, 1936, tax proposal, which met with failure at the polls. Community leaders did not relax their efforts during the ensuing years, despite another unsuccessful election in 1958 which proposed a county-wide junior college district.
In 1965, a Union Junior College District, composed of all but three of the independent school districts in the county, was organized.
On April 2, 1966, the Union Junior College District unsuccessfully submitted bond and tax proposals to the voters. In July of 1966, the Commissioner’s Court of Galveston County considered favorably a resolution by the Union Junior College District to disannex the territory comprising the Galveston Junior College District from the territory comprising the newly organized Union Junior College District. This act provided the avenue by which the original district could be activated.
That same year, Galveston leaders renewed their drive to obtain a college for the Island. An attorney general’s opinion was sought, and it determined that the original district was still in legal existence.
The original Board of Regents was appointed on September 21, 1966, by the Public School District Trustees. To be continued.