Model News and History
One of WPG's finest models and a really nice man, Cater Lovisone passed away over three years ago. We were aware of his death but had not seen this obituary. We are publishing it here out of respect for Carter and his family, and because many people who own photographs of him or were one of his many dance students might find it interesting. Former Mr. Colorado and an amazing dancer. His life was not without adversity, which he faced bravely and with a good attitude. I was fortunate to get to talk him in about 2008 at the Les Workman Gym reunion gathering in North Denver. A great guy, surely missed by many.
Harry Carter Lovisone, known by all as simply “Carter,” was born September 3, 1931 in Denver, Colorado, and passed away November 8, 2014.
Carter is foremost known as a West Coast Swing and ballroom dance instructor, and he owned and managed the largest ballroom dance studio in Colorado for many years. He has been loved and celebrated by literally thousands of dance students, and is an inductee of the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame. Many of his students have gone on to win national championships and have become nationally known instructors. However, Carter’s greatest love was teaching ordinary people to dance. He specialized in offering affordable dance classes that provided a non-intimidating and nurturing environment where everyone could learn to dance. Carter always said that dance was the greatest form of social recreation for couples because it was something they could enjoy together, as well as being a great way for single people to meet.
In addition to his accomplishments in dance, Carter is a published author, a former Mr. Colorado body builder, and was All-Navy Wrestling Champion when he served during the Korean War. He was also an amateur sculptor. Unfortunately, Carter was crippled when a truck pushed a concrete wall over on him over forty years ago, breaking his back and leaving him in a coma for eleven weeks. After his recovery, he had six hip replacements and many other surgeries, but he continued teaching dance, often on crutches. Carter never considered teaching dance as a job, but rather his passion, and he felt very fortunate to be able to have a career in something he loved so greatly. After his accident, Carter could not dance much, but his students all remember him frequently asking them where they were going dancing and then telling them, “Well, next time you go dancing, dance one for me.”
Carter is survived by his wife, Sylvia, the love of his life; a son, Tanner; his wife, Mary Jo; and three grandsons, Alex, Clinton, and Nick.