Fridays are always dance nights at the Cabarrus County Senior Citizen Center in Concord.For more than 15 years the center, located at 331 Corban Avenue SE, has held dances on Friday and on the second and fourth Saturday nights of each month.The admission charge is $5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the live music begins at 7 p.m. Crowds average 100-150 seniors until about 10 p.m. Bands include groups like The Classics, The Delmonicos and Second Time Around.Concessions are also available as the dancers work up a thirst dancing the Texas two-step, East Coast swing, shag, rumba and even a polka.Frank Whitley, 70, has been volunteering at the concessions stand for the past seven years. His wife of 49 years, Wanda Whitley, is his dance partner.They love the Texas two-step, and Wanda will share him with the other ladies. The women always outnumber the men, so the married men take turns dancing with the single ladies.Frankie Furr, 71, shuffled across the empty dance floor and asked 82-year-old Joyce Lambert to join him during a slow song. As she rose from her chair, the other gentlemen advanced across the floor and paired up with the waiting ladies.“I like the other kinds of music fine, but I only dance during the slow songs,” Furr said.He joked about his odds being pretty good here, with so many more women than men.During a little faster paced song, 74-year-old Bob McLean danced with Judy Barbee on his left and Joyce Lambert on his right.McLean laughed and said he had known both ladies for about eight years.“Everyone dances with everyone. It is great exercise, and I do it three or four times a week,” McLean aid.And sometimes, romance blossoms.For 79-year-old Ira McQueen it was a chance to rekindle an old crush. He had known 76-year-old Lavan Turner back in high school, but she didn’t remember him. They married other people, lost their spouses and found each other at the dances four years ago. They have been girlfriend and boyfriend ever since.A couple in their 60s, Jerry Dahl and Wanda Dahl, who have been married for 33 years, led a line of dancers doing a polka just before intermission. During the break, some people won door prizes; most of the prizes were kitchen-related.Jerry Dahl said, “It is date night – a cheap date that is less expensive than joining a health club – and a great workout. At other dances, the door prizes are a little more adult. But I like that when you win here, you get cupcakes.”The next dances will be Aug. 23 with the band Night Train. On Aug. 24, the band Barely Balanced will perform. For more details, call the Cabarrus County Senior Center at 704-920-3484.
Monday, Aug. 19, 2013
Dance night keeps seniors stepping
Marty Price is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email him at email@example.com.
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