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Dancing up a storm

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By Kirsten Laskey

Tom and Marlene Kelley’s dancing shoes are well worn. The couple has strapped them on since 1977.

That was the year they joined the Mountain Mixers, the local square dancing club.

Tom is originally from Los Alamos but they lived for some time in Florida. The Kelleys returned to Los Alamos in 1976.

For an anniversary present, Tom’s parents gave them square dancing lessons.

Thirty-two years later, they are still cutting loose on the dance floor.

“It kind of stuck with us,” Tom said.

Not only has it stuck with Marlene and Tom, but they have taken their love of the dance all the way to the state level.

On the local level, the Kelleys have served as treasurer and secretary of the local club.

Additionally, Tom said they are always there to help new students.

Besides being involved in square dancing activities in Los Alamos, Tom has served as the president for the state organization from 2001-2002.

As a result of their commitment and involvement in square dancing, the Kelley were inducted into the New Mexico  Square and Round Dance Association’s Hall of Fame in May during the state festival in Albuquerque.


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