Joy and Alf Dean enjoy a dance at the old-time dancing at the Grafton District Services Club last Thursday. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Joy and Alf Dean enjoy a dance at the old-time dancing at the Grafton District Services Club last Thursday. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Make old time dance your new interest

JOY Dean said her husband Alf was a pretty good dancer when they met at a crowded dance hall in Sydney.

"But we were just learning at the time," Alf says.

"Everyone met at the dances."

Many years later, after marriage and raising a family, Alf and Joy have their dancing shoes back on at the Grafton District Services Club.

"It's very good exercise for us now, it keeps your body and your brain active." Joy says.

"And it's nice to be able to talk. Even if you're dancing with someone else you can be social and talk with them."

And the small but enthusiastic group at the Thursday morning dance session agrees.

"We'd love to see more people here," says fellow dancer Jo Vella.

"Especially some more men - and who doesn't love a good lead?"

The group dances twice a week at the club, and Jo says it's definitely good, old fashioned fun.

"I absolutely love it - I dance three times a week," she says.

"You don't even need to know anything. I didn't know a step when I started and everyone is very willing to help out."

With a repertoire of more than 60 dances now, the group really knows how to move across the dance floor.

"There's something magical about the dancing, when you learn a dance and you and your partner move together synchronised across the dance floor it's just wonderful."

And even though the dancing may be considered "old-time" by some, the group says they'd love to see some younger people join in the group.

"We have young people, especially some in Year 12 come and join the group - and we'd love to see some more come along to the night-time dances when they can," Jo said.

"And the guys can come along and hold onto a woman, it's a true dance for them, and a lot of them really enjoy it."

As for how many years dancing experience is at the table, the group laughs in unison. "That's a closely guarded secret," Joy laughs.

"We like to say we're the over-40 group."



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