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Chasco Fiesta turns into a ballroom

NEW PORT RICHEY — Chasco Fiesta continues in Sims Park tonight with music, food, a carnival and two very different kinds of dancing: modern American ballroom and Native American.

The ballroom dancing starts at 6 p.m. when reigning Junior American Smooth and Rhythm ballroom champions Evan and Adison Julian perform, as Jimmy "Q" and the Serenaders 16-piece orchestra play big band sounds.

After that, the duo will offer to coach those in the audience who want to enter the ballroom dance competition, "Dancing Under the Stars," for prizes.

The Native American Festival adjacent to the Cotee River opens at 5 p.m. and will showcase tribal dances at 9 p.m.

Starting at 7 p.m., there will be educational talks and demonstrations by members of various visiting tribes in the Native American performance arena. Robin Jumper will talk about Cherokee history at 7 p.m.; Ron Colombe does poetry at 7:30 p.m.; Chipa Wolf recounts Sequoyah history at 8 p.m.; and several speakers talk about women's history and tipi functions at 8:30 p.m.

Earlier in the day, the Chasco Fiesta Golf Tournament tees off at 12:30 p.m. at Beacon Woods Golf Club, 12507 Clocktower Parkway, Bayonet Point. Sign-in is at 11:30 a.m.

>>Chasco fiesta schedule

Today and Thursday

(For a complete daily schedule, see the special Chasco Fiesta guidebook in the March 26 edition of the Pasco Times, visit chascofiesta.com or call toll-free 1-877-424-2726.)

TODAY

12:30 p.m.: Chasco Fiesta Golf Tournament, Beacon Woods Golf Club.

5-10 p.m.: Chasco Carnival.

5-9 p.m.: Native American Festival.

6-10 p.m.: Dancing Under the Stars, amphitheater.

THURSDAY

5-10 p.m.: Chasco Carnival.

5-9 p.m.: Native American Festival.

6-11 p.m.: Rhythm & Bluesmasters concert, amphitheater.

Chasco Fiesta turns into a ballroom 04/01/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 8:28pm]

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