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Programs help to keep seniors moving

From left,  Samantha Hillegass follows Teresa Lambert, known as “Peanut,” as she leads Jim Barringer and his wife, Brenda Barringer, on how to dance “The Electric Slide” during the Cabarrus Active Living and Parks Department’s beginners line dance class at the Cabarrus County Senior Center, Concord. Lambert has been teaching the class at the center for 20 years.
From left, Samantha Hillegass follows Teresa Lambert, known as “Peanut,” as she leads Jim Barringer and his wife, Brenda Barringer, on how to dance “The Electric Slide” during the Cabarrus Active Living and Parks Department’s beginners line dance class at the Cabarrus County Senior Center, Concord. Lambert has been teaching the class at the center for 20 years. MARTY PRICE

The Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks Department offers many events and programs to keep seniors moving at the Cabarrus County Senior Center, Concord.

On a recent Thursday night, Teresa Lambert, known as Peanut, was teaching two line-dancing classes, as she has for the past 20 years.

Lambert started the beginners class at 5:30 p.m. with “The Electric Slide” and moved the students through other dances with names like “The Wagon Wheel” and “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” as she called out the steps while showing them the moves.

Concord resident Samantha Hillegass moved to the area in October 2014 but did not find out about the center until June. It was her fourth class and she said “I love it because it is so much fun.” Hillegass said that she plans to attend more of the events in the future.

Lambert’s commands – “turn and vine ... rocking chair and jazz box” – would not be understood by anyone outside of the class, but the students knew what they meant. Going through the steps to complete the sequences, sometimes a beginner would need a little help.

Jim Barringer and his wife, Brenda Barringer, saw line dancing at one of the Union Street Live performances and wanted to learn. “Everyone we asked said you have to learn from Peanut,” said Brenda.

The couple found out about the classes at the center and were attending their first class, trying to learn, before they went on a cruise the following week. When Jim needed some help, Peanut moved up next to him, explained and demonstrated the moves, step by step, until he understood.

“The women seem to pick it up much easier, but it’s a good challenge,” Jim said. “It kind of lets you know that your mind is not as sharp as it was a few years ago,” he said, adding that it is sometimes hard to remember all the steps.

When the beginners finished, Lambert took a 15-minute break before she started the advanced class at 6:45. About two dozen students put her through a tougher workout as they went through the steps for Uptown Funky.

“Jazz box, jazz box,” called out Peanut. Concord resident Betty Hughey replied, “I don’t want to hear jazz box anymore,” with a chuckle as she completed the steps.

Marty Price is a freelance writer: martyprice53@gmail.com

Want to go?

The Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks Department offers events and programs for all ages. For a complete listing go to: www.cabarruscounty.us/Events. The Cabarrus County Senior Center, Concord, is located at 331 Corban Ave. S.E. For hours and other information go to www.cabarruscounty.us/alp

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