Square dancing for health

Posted at: 09/06/2013 5:38 PM
Updated at: 09/07/2013 7:53 AM
By: Benita Zahn

If you haven't square danced since your school years, you've been missing out on a way to keep your body and mind in shape. Just ask retired physical education teacher turned square dancer Sylvia Bertrand.

"Where does this rank on a scale of 1-10" I asked her, "I'd say it's probably an 8," says Bertrand.

And if you need proof of the value of staying active, meet Emily Lamoreaux.

"My goal was to dance until I was 95 and I made it."

Emily says square dancing is her fountain of youth. She's been dancing since 1960.Like 91 year old Ed Davis found, dancing keeps them active as well as socially engaged and cognitively challenged.

Dance caller Cliff Brouder explains that's because dancers have to follow instructions.

He's been calling square dances for 48 years. He met his wife, Senta, at a square dance. And lest you think it's only for seniors, the couple teach square dancing to kids as young as 5 .. Using music that appeals to all ages.

"We can do it to old time rock 'n roll, we can do it to modern country right off the charts."

The energy in the room is so infectious I buckled up my dance shoes and partnered with 66 year old Earl Garnsey who's been dancing for 20 years.

And off we went .. With a good caller and patient partner it's easy to pick up.

For more info on local dances in Latham call 674-3029 or in Queensbury, 747-5942.