Social event promises a fun reaction from mixing chemistry and dance

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"Elements of Dance" Friday, Nov. 9, at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

KALAMAZOO—Two Western Michigan University chemistry instructors will trade in their laboratory coats for ballroom attire to teach a dance lesson during a social from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St., in Kalamazoo. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

The event, "Culture and Chemistry: Elements of Dance," is organized by the Kalamazoo American Chemical Society and will feature a brief program with showcases, a dance lesson in Salsa, prizes, refreshments, and open dances in ballroom, Latin and swing styles. No partner is necessary.

Dr. James Guzinski will bring his expertise about capsaicin, the compound that puts the heat in spicy foods, to his Salsa dance. Guzinski is a retired chemist from Kalsec who now teaches at WMU. He will be joined by Dr. Elke Schoffers, WMU professor of chemistry, who specializes in catalysts and looks to ignite a new reaction on the dance floor.

For more information, visit the event Web page or email Dr. Elke Schoffers at elke.schoffers@wmich.edu.