In July, our local Senior Center sponsored the annual "Senior Games," which included competitive dancing. Several NKA members who had taken the line-dancing classes participated, and other NKA members and friends went to cheer them on.
The order of dances included couples' ballroom dance competitions in the waltz, rhumba, cha cha, samba, tango, swing, and quick step.
Fortunately, the competing couples were often attired in matching outfits, so it was easy for the audience to root for the "blue couple" or the "red couple," etc. It was pretty darn amazing to watch some of the very senior couples shaking a leg while managing not to break a hip.
The line dancing was even more impressive, because the routines were intricately choreographed and very well-executed by groups of up to a dozen dancers. These dancers had learned their routines in NKA line-dancing classes and had practiced extensively for this competition.
Joy and excitement were contagious. The audience cheered, clapped, and sang along to songs ranging from the West Coast swing's "Fine Brown Frame" to "Blame It On The Bossa Nova."
Pat's excited as her group prepares to take the floor.
Audene executes a tricky dance step.
The dancing looked like so much fun that at least one audience member was thinking that maybe knee replacement surgery would be worth it.
Later that evening, KPVI, a local TV news channel, broadcast footage taken at the competition. To view it, go to: http://www.kpvi.com/content/sports/story/SE-Idaho-Senior-Games-Dancing-Competition/bA1M8OaFC0meSv0aOmfDbA.cspx