CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The mention of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers drew blank stares from a couple of the performers before the show, but they were, in a way, following in the footsteps of those fabled hoofers Tuesday night.
For about 10 weeks, a group of about 40 Chambersburg Area Senior High School students studied a century's worth of steps to perform "From Lincoln to the Moon' 100 Years of Dance in American Society."
From the grand marches and quadrilles of Civil War balls and the waltzes and tangos of the early 20th century to merengue and swing of modern ballroom dance, they learned about dance and its historical contexts from Nancy J. Walker, the founder of Danza Antiqua, an historical and educational dance company.
Tuesday night on the auditorium stage, they got to strut their stuff for an appreciative audience.
Daniela Crawford said she had never had any formal dance instruction, but "decided to do something different for my senior year." Along the way, she said she learned a lot and earned a few blisters for her hard work.