A line-dancing class is taking over the Bel Aire Senior Center.
The group, made up of about two dozen people, meets twice a week to move and groove to an array of music.
“It’s good cardiovascular. It’s good for balance. It’s good for your brain. We are learning new things. It’s good socially. All of those things that are important for your health,” said Cheryl Lewis.
Lewis, 71, started teaching the class about four years ago.
“It really is a lot of fun. I look forward to it,” Lewis said. “I like the challenge of learning new dances.”
The dancers learn new material as often as they can. Lewis said she is constantly searching for new music.
“My ears now, they listen to songs and I will think, ‘oh, is that a good beat?'” she said. “Sometimes, I will be driving in the car and hear it and I think I have got to remember the title of that one.”
Each participant told KSN they have their own reason or reasons for joining the class.
“It’s relaxing, stress reliever, because I have two grandkids right now at my house, so it’s like grandma needed to leave for awhile,” joked Sheryl Rempe, 69.
“Singing, exercising, having fun and meeting other people,” said Linda Thom.
Thom said dance unites people.
“I think dancing is something, it’s for everyone. You go to a wedding and you see little kids, you see grandmas and great grandmas,” Thom said.
“Why dance? Because everybody loves music! Even if you just have a small rhythm bone in your body, you just get up and move,” said Bel Aire Senior Center Coordinator Latasha Berry.
Ultimately, the dance class has helped garner friendships while helping participants to lead a healthier life.
“I am so glad we have it up here in Bel Aire!” Thom said.
“We share stories. Give each other a hug when we need a hug,” Rempe said.
The class is free. It takes place at the Bel Aire Senior Center on Monday’s and Fridays from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.