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Free dance sessions in Virginia Beach give those 55 and up a chance to shake things up
Free dance sessions in Virginia Beach give those 55 and up a chance to shake things up
Folks 55 and older have a wonderful opportunity to use it -- for free. And you don't even have to bring a partner. ... I'm talking about free dance sessions.

Use it OR lose it. Right?

Folks 55 and older have a wonderful opportunity to use it – for free. And you don’t even have to bring a partner. ... I’m talking about free dance sessions. What were you thinking, you naughty reader?

It’s time for Dancing With the Seniors, a series of dance workshops led by Marquita Bianca of Baila Fuzion Performing Arts and Fitness Center.

The same energy that she brings to leading a dance studio that teaches hip-hop, Latin, ballet, jazz and other styles, to hosting Arts Out Loud sessions for young artists, to performing as a professional dancer, to working as a motivational speaker, and to running her website, www.marquitabianca.com, on fashion, fitness and more – let me catch my breath – the energy that allows her to do all that is happily applied to this annual dance party.

“The senior program is one of the things closest to our heart,” she told me this week from her studio in Virginia Beach. She and her instructors work hard to bring vibrancy to the 90-minute lessons.

She has been working for five years on the program, which is sponsored by the Sandler Center Foundation and Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia.

Dance is a wonderful way to feel alive, and to share that feeling with others.

Bianca said you don’t need experience, don’t need to bring a partner, don’t need to feel intimidated, and you really don’t need to take yourself seriously. The one thing you need: a positive outlook. “Don’t say ‘I can’t,’ ” she said. All it takes is “an open mind and an open heart.”

Bianca will cover popular ballroom dance steps and other styles like line dancing, African dancing and Bollywood. “It gets people to move in ways they don’t normally move,” she said, “and to ignite maybe some of those things they didn’t get to do when they were younger.”

She likes to mix things up with a senior prom, a show by her and her instructors, and something unexpected, like the time 30 uniformed police officers came to dance with students to “It’s Raining Men.” Bianca laughed to think about some of her seniors being more interested in taking selfies with their young dance partners than in learning the steps.

“Our seniors are living longer and taking life by the horns.”
 
They often form bonds and go out together outside of classes. The time between sessions gives them time to practice. “Doing it once is great,” Bianca said, “but making it a habit is better.”
 
Shall we dance?
 
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