The month of September is known for many daily and weekly holiday observances, but one of the less familiar weekly observances is National Line Dance Week. Which is celebrated annually on September 12-17, or the 2nd Monday of September ending on the Saturday of the same week?
However, the Danville Seniors started celebrating early with a Culture to Culture Country Western kick up our heels party hosted by ChiaChia Chien, on August 23, 2012. Then on September 5, 2012, the seniors and I unwittingly celebrated as we started Country Western Line dancing at the Danville Senior Center in the new Veterans Memorial Building.
Line dancing is truly fun, a great way to exercise, get together and meet other people. But in essence, it’s a popular form of performance and group participation dance. It’s a no contact dance that’s choreographed with individual people all standing in line, all facing the same direction, following the same executed steps in tandem rows, in unison with repeated dance steps, repeating patterns and to the beat of the music.
Speaking of popular, three of the most popular country line dances are Cotton-eyed Joe, The Boot Scootin’ Boogie and the Tush Push. This is what made Country Line Western Dancing so popular in late 20th century, was its association to Country Western Music. For example, there was a great country western revival with the 1980's movie Urban Cowboy. At that time we stepped out of our disco dance shoes and slipped into a nice pair of cowboy boots and yes it was so much fun to kick up our heels. In recent decades however, it’s not been so popular. But the Danville Seniors are determined to call in a new Country Western revival with line dance!
Fortunately, aside from it being a no to low impact dance that’s easy on the body, it’s also a great exercise for one vital part, dancing is memory food for the brain! According to www.AlzCommunity.com, “The very best way to avoid or lower your chances for chronic diseases such as Alzheimer's disease is by living a healthy, active life.” Dancing is in the top ten of Alzcommuniy.com list of activities and ranks No.8. According to the Alzheimer's Community “Dancing requires that you memorize steps and rhythms which keep the brain sharp. It has good cardiovascular benefits and is a very social activity which helps give you. Dance offers variety not available with most of the other activities listed. Dance would rank high on the list but because it can be difficult for people to begin dancing or find others to dance with we’ve ranked dancing lower on the list, however, if you are able to overcome the difficulties, dancing is a wonderful way to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's."
Come on down-town, from 11:50 AM to 12:40 PM and sign up or call 925-314-3400 for beginning Country Western line dance lessons taught by me, Mary Ann Cadorna, at the senior center located at 115 E. Prospect.(Hartz & Prospect)
With none of the aforementioned difficulties to overcome, you have a place, lots of space, beginners classes and others to dance with. Join us and have some low to no impact fun, Hee Haw!
By Mary Ann Cadorna
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