IT MIGHTN’T be via the lively paso doble or the fiery flamenco, but dancing is helping put a halt to the aging process for some of Orange’s senior citizens.
The Orange Social Dance Group (OSDG) has been running for 26 years and in 2013 over 120 members meet every Thursday night at the Orange City Bowling Club to socially dance the night away.
President Sally Larnach said the mix of ages in attendance helps keep those in their twilight years hopping to the beat.
“We have ages from the quite young to the more mature,” she said.
“We learn rock ‘n’ roll, Latin, waltzes, from the very basic to more difficult, and some of these guys are really good. They can take as little or as much as they like out of it.
“Some people don’t do the Latin, but then again some of these lovely people get in and do the lot.”
The OSDG was on hand at yesterday’s Aging Well Expo at the Orange Function Centre.
There’s the obvious social aspect associated with being involved in the group, while Ms Larnach believes the movement that encompasses all forms of dance is integral to keeping Orange’s elderly citizens on their toes.
“There’s the social aspect of it, there’s exercise, they say people who dance seldom get dementia, that’s got to be a bonus, and the younger generations coming up though, it’s great to mix them together,” she said.
“It’s a really good time.”
The OSDG meets every Thursday night from 7pm at the Orange City Bowling Club.
The night begins with a lesson before the normal program covering a wide range of music commences.
The dancing finishes at about 10pm.