The crowds were huge, the audience enthusiastic and a few joined us in a little dance of their own. We had such a good time!
While we’re been able to do a few demos over the last couple of years, it was a special treat to be back at the Fest which had itself been quiet for the past two years. Sadly, we hear that it may be the last one in Turners.
Of course, with masks and in the parking lot! I’m not sure who was more excited — the residents of the Center or the team members to once again enjoy each other’s company – albeit at a distance – but company nonetheless.
The smiles under those masks were very very obvious on both sides of the distancing spaces!
The team works hard — we work hard because it’s fun, we enjoy each other’s company, we love the thrill of memorizing new dances and step routines (they say it’s good for our brains too!). We work hard so that we can perform a 50 minute different routine each year in order to bring joy and company and smiles to residents of Senior housing. Pre-pandemic, and we plan post-pandemic, we perform upwards of 50 times a year at several local housing venues, not to mention the parades!
And, this year, in particular, we know how isolated our seniors have been —
For a few months in the summer, we practiced on the driveway of our teacher’s home; recently we have been able to practice in a pavilion on a lovely piece of property and even a town common.
We so look forward to doing more demos. Keep dancing in your own homes! It brings smiles, I promise you that!
We’re fairly busy this time of year with demos at local Senior Housing and assisted living centers.
One of our favorite events is in Readsboro, Vermont where we join the parade, and do a demo on their pavilion stage and enjoy their chicken bbq!
And, just as enjoyable and a real honor and privilege to entertain some of nation’s veterans at the Holyoke Soldiers Home! We met a friend, Althea, who was once a line dancer and a soldier – joining us here in our group photo!
And, here are a few of our audience members, who clapped, and hollered and danced in their chairs!
Here’s a couple of pictures from the Franklin County Spring Parade. The theme was Magic and Santa agreed to come down from the North Pole to get a little sunshine. Although I believe he brought a little of the cold air with him, as we had to wear long sleeves under our outfits to stay warm – even though we were dancing, it was a bit chilly!
We won a First Prize Ribbon as well!
This past Saturday, we danced at Elaine Manor, in Hadley, where we had a huge crowd of enthusiastic seniors! It was our first demo with our new dances this year — let’s just say we all agree we could use a bit more practice! Oh me oh my oh!