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Line dancing lets group get good low-impact exercise

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 13, March 27, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

Line Dancing Ladies -- This group of ladies has found a new, healthy hobby to give them some great exercise (and fun ! ) with their Senior Citizen Line Dancing Class that meets weekly at the Milo Town Hall. Pictured, from left, are Jean Perkins, Catherine Ellison, Teacher Carrie Ade and Norma Black

MILO Ė You're never too old to have fun.

Realizing that, one group of Milo ladies has chosen to take on a new talentóline dancingówith classes held weekly at the Milo Town Hall.

Although line dancing is probably a far cry from the dances they bebopped to when they were young, the consensus of the senior citizens group is that the country dance isn't too hard to leam.

"We have a lot fun," said Catherine Ellison. "It's just a great, wonderful time."

In between giggles and good natured fun, the group manages to squeeze in some healthy, low-impact exercise.

In the beginning, class members just practice the simple dances, says Teacher Carrie Ade. Then, slowly, but surely, the students begin to pick the sequences of steps and turns they need to be able to line dance like a pro.

"Some people find it hard at first," said Ade, "but by the fourth week, they understand and remember the dances they've learned.

After about four weeks, most of it makes sense."

"Mistakes are allowed," she said with a smiIe.

Jean Perkins, one of Ade's students, said one of the biggest challenges for her was learning the terms she needed to know for the dancing.

"You can advance very quickly once you know what step to take," Perkins said.

Perkins said the class has helped her get some exercise, and that a lot of times, she turns up the tunes and practices at home.

Overall, line dancing is great excuse to have fun with friends and get some good exercise on a gusty winter day. The class is always open to new members and meets every Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. in Milo.

There are two other opportunities to learn line dancing, as well. Beginning line dancers can also meet Wednesday nights for an hour and a half long class which starts at 6:30 p.m. A line and partner dancing class for more intermediate dancers meets on Thursday nights for two and a half hours at 6:30 p.m. Allclasses are held in the auditorium at the Milo Town Hall.

For more information on the classes, or to be sure they have not been cancelled due to weather ,call Milo's Recreation Director Murrel Harris at 943-7326.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.