Each month, coordinators with the Senior Activities Center organize the dance and invite seniors to attend, socialize and, of course, dance.
“It’s mainly ballroom dancing,” Tammy Martin, assistant director of the center, said. “There is some line dancing, but it is mostly ballroom dancing.”
The dance and activities at the center are open to anyone 50 years old and up. Attendees dress in ballroom dance attire and look forward to the dance held on the first Friday of each month.
“They just love it,” Martin said. “They love to dance, and it keeps them active. It’s also great exercise for them.”
Benefits of ballroom dancing for seniors include improved balance, coordination, strength and flexibility, as well as providing low-impact cardiovascular exercise. There is also some evidence that activities that combine physical exercise with mental stimulation can ward off the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, even when started later in life.
About 25 to 40 seniors attend the dance each month, but Martin and others at the Senior Activities Center would like to see that number increase.
“I just wish more people in Jasper would get into ballroom dancing,” Martin said.
For any senior who is interested in attending but doesn’t know how to ballroom dance, the activities center holds dance classes on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
“We have a volunteer who teaches the class and we’d love to teach them,” Martin said.
The focus of the Senior Activities Center is to keep seniors engaged in their community and assist them with maintaining their physical, mental and social lives for maximum health and wellness. They offer a variety of classes, information and events to benefit the members of the community who are over 50.
For more information on the dance classes, the monthly dance or any of the other programs at the senior center, call 221-8513.