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Active Adult Center Seniors Line Up to Share the Joy of Dance

by and on May 09, 2018 5:00 AM

The dancers moved in rhythm to the sound of “Wagon Wheel,” which played from a speaker during a practice session in the Centre County Active Adult Center at the Nittany Mall. The group of seniors gets together three times a week to perfect their routine for their performances at local senior living centers, and they have a whole lot of fun doing it.

“That is what it is all about, really — fun,” said Ginny Mulhatter, the unofficial leader of the Silver Spurs line-dancing group. “We all just have a great time; such a great group of people.”

Mulhatter said that dancing is an activity that helps her feel fit and healthy.

“With dancing you combine movement, balance, flexibility, coordination, along with the cognitive aspects, and you get healthy activity for the whole self,” said Mulhatter. “That, along with the social aspect of getting together three times a week, it really is something we all look forward to.”

In addition to performing at senior living centers and nursing homes, the group’s next big performance is at the Nittany Mall’s annual Adult Health and Lifestyle Expo on Thursday, May 17.

“That is something we all look forward to, getting a chance to all perform together. We work hard to do a good job,” said Mulhatter.

Karen Grove drives from Spring Mills three times a week to take part in the group. She said she really enjoys when the group does community service at Centre County Corrections, teaching female inmates their dance moves.

“It really brings that grandmotherly part out of me, talking and dancing with those young women, hoping that we are helping in some way,” said Grove.

The group holds practice Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:45 a.m. at the center. Anyone 55 and older is welcome to attend the practice and join the fun. Registration is available on the Centre Region Parks and Recreation website.

Jane Miles, of State College, started dancing with the group in January, but hasn’t attended any of the performances because she is still learning.

“I just love to dance so it is fun, and I am learning as we go along,” said Miles. She also attends an additional instructional class on Wednesdays that teaches newcomers the skills needed.

“That is really helpful for people who maybe never line danced before. It is a good way to get into it,” said Miles. “You can meet some people and see if you like it.”

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

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