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Watch or jump into line dance demo

Whether you just want to watch and tap your foot along with the music or jump right in, there’s room for you in the Mount Si Senior Center’s line-dancing demo, starting at 2:30 p.m. on the community stage.

Instructor Deane Haugen and her sometime co-instructor Jo Deatry will call off dances for about a dozen of their students to perform for the Block Party crowd.

“Calling is the correct word, but most of our (dancers) know them by heart,” Haugen said.

It’s a good thing, since the music they’ll be dancing to isn’t always traditional. Dances could include a waltz, songs from old musicals like Hello Dolly, country, rock’n’ roll, hip hop, and rap.

“It’s got a beat, that’s all you need,” says Haugen. “We want to get people away from the idea that you can only line dance to country.”

As proof, the audience is invited to get up and dance along for a few numbers, including the Electric Slide.

Dancers choose their own outfits, so be prepared for fun and fancy skirts and cowboy boots.

Even though the dances are choreographed, everything is highly individual. “We’re seniors, we do what we want,” said Haugen. “To us, we dance just to have fun.”

Classes are done for the summer at the senior center, although dancers do still get together just for fun, Haugen said. In September, she plans to continue the Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly schedule, with a beginners class at 10 a.m. and an intermediate class following at 11 on Tuesdays, and an intermediate class at 1 p.m. on Thursdays.

Classes aren’t just for seniors, dancers range in age from 46 to 80 and come from every kind of dance background.

Haugen said that classes provide a healthy workout and great community. “We’ve all gotten new friends out of it.”

Studies by the Mayo Clinic indicate that physical activity and mental simulation can prevent Alzheimer’s. Learning a new line dance every week incorporates both activities. Haugen works to introduce new choreography or music every class to keep dancers engaged.

For information about dance classes contact the center at (425) 888-3434.


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