CLEARWATER, FLORIDA

Swing Dancing for Charity at the Church of Scientology in Clearwater

Raising funds for deserving youth while having a lot of fun 

Savoy South Dance Hall hosted its monthly Swing Dance for Charity February 15 at Clearwater’s Fort Harrison. This month’s dance helped raise funds for Applied Scholastics Community Learning Center, an afterschool tutoring program that provides effective help for children who are falling behind in school.

The Church of Scientology hosts monthly swing dancing for charity at the Fort Harrison ballroom.
Monthly swing dance at the Church of Scientology in Clearwater raises funds for tutoring youngsters who are falling behind in school.
The Church of Scientology hosts monthly swing dancing for charity at the Fort Harrison ballroom.
The Church of Scientology hosts monthly swing dancing for charity at the Fort Harrison ballroom.

Arleene Bowles, founder of Savoy South and owner of Right Step Studio, created the charity dances where people can enjoy an evening get-together while supporting local charities.

After refreshments, prepared by award-winning Fort Harrison chefs, Ms. Bowles taught those attending to dance East Coast Swing, a dance that dates back to the 1940s. Guests then took to the dance floor, swinging to live music performed by the Flag Band.

At intermission, guests were invited to participate in an old-fashioned cakewalk raffle. Similar to musical chairs, cakewalk dancers strut around in a circle single file until the music stops, then scramble to stand on numbers laid out around the dance floor. Those not landing on a number are eliminated. Cakes were awarded as prizes to winners in the categories of Best Dressed, Best ‘Strut’ and Last Person Standing.

Previous Savoy South dances at the Fort Harrison have benefitted Miracles Outreach, a nonprofit providing hope and a home to homeless and abused children and victims of human trafficking, Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League and My Hope Chest, helping uninsured breast cancer survivors afford breast reconstruction surgery.

Savoy South Dance Hall holds swing dance classes and events throughout the Tampa Bay Area. The Church of Scientology hosts the monthly Swing Dance for Charity in the Fort Harrison Crystal Ballroom. Next month’s Swing Dance for Charity will be held Thursday, March 15: Dance classes begin at 7 and the dance starts at 8 p.m. No partner is needed and all ages are welcome. For more information, contact Savoy South Dance Hall at (727) 564-6847 or MsRightStep@gmail.com.

The Fort Harrison is the religious retreat of the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization. Scientology is an applied religious philosophy, founded by humanitarian and author L. Ron Hubbard. The Church of Scientology makes its facilities available to non-profit groups as a service to the community.