Danc­ing to the same beat

LifeStyle Wimmera - - INSIDE - By Sarah Scully

War­rackn­abeal’s Enid Schultz started danc­ing at 12, and at 85, still en­joys a whirl around a dance floor. Enid and her hus­band Ed, 96, travel to Hor­sham sev­eral times a month for old-time dances in Hamil­ton Lamb Me­mo­rial Hall.

“Ed is still able to drive and he drives us here,” Enid said. “But even if we couldn’t dance, we’d still come for the com­pany – as long as we could still drive or get a lift.”

Enid and Ed have been mar­ried for 63 years and danc­ing to­gether even longer.

“We had a gap when we had chil­dren, but we love it,” Enid said. “Ed knew how to dance when we met but he wasn’t a dancer. He started danc­ing when he wanted to go out with me.”

Cancer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria’s Hor­sham branch hosts an old­time dance in Hamil­ton Lamb Me­mo­rial Hall on the first and third Tues­day of each month.

Enid and Ed are among reg­u­lar at­ten­dees.

“If any­one asks me to do any­thing on a dance night I tell them it doesn’t suit,” Enid said. “I don’t tell them why – but it’s be­cause I don’t want to miss the danc­ing.”

Enid en­cour­aged peo­ple with an in­ter­est in danc­ing to at­tend an event.

“A lot of peo­ple who come are 80 and older,” she said. “Some­times there are up to 15 of us who are older than 80. We’d love to see some younger ones come along.

“Danc­ing is a lot of fun and ev­ery­one has such a good time. They would en­joy it once they got here.”

‘Dance for Cancer’ events start at 8pm, but if you ar­rive an hour ear­lier, you can ben­e­fit from the tute­lage of long-time dancers and hall com­mit­tee mem­bers Bruce and Su­sanne Beat­tie.

Bruce and Su­sanne teach dances ‘on the run’ to any­one who wants to learn, to mu­sic sup­plied by the ev­er­green Don Papst. Don has per­formed at events across the Wim­mera for longer than he can re­mem­ber.

“I love it,” he said. “It keeps me alive.”

Hall com­mit­tee mem­ber Su­san Ho­gan said along with pro­vid­ing a good time, danc­ing had a wide range of health ben­e­fits.

“It’s a great way for peo­ple of all ages to stay fit,” she said. “It not only im­proves your co-or­di­na­tion, bal­ance and aer­o­bic fit­ness but it is good for men­tal well­be­ing and build­ing self-con­fi­dence and so­cial skills.”

Su­san said the dance group wel­comed new par­tic­i­pants of all ages and abil­i­ties.

“If you don’t know how to dance, we can teach you,” she said. “If you’re not sure if you want to dance, you can come along any­way to meet peo­ple and have a chat. It’s a re­ally fun, friendly en­vi­ron­ment and we’d love to see more peo­ple at­tend our dances. You can come as a cou­ple or by your­self, there is al­ways some­one to dance with.”

Su­san said the hall com­mit­tee hosted a monthly old-time dance on the sec­ond Fri­day of each month, at 8pm.

“Each Mon­day night there is a night of mixed danc­ing, which in­cludes old time, line danc­ing and rock ‘n’ roll, with pro­ceeds go­ing to a lo­cal char­ity,” she said.

“Hor­sham Rock­ers have their dances on Fri­day nights in the hall, ex­cept for the sec­ond Fri­day of the month, when we have the old-time dance. The hall has a great dance floor, which pro­vides a won­der­ful venue for this pas­time what­ever the type of danc­ing. We want the hall to be a

‘hub’ of danc­ing in Hor­sham, where peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties can come to­gether to ex­er­cise both body and mind while en­joy­ing a fun, so­cial out­ing.”

Peo­ple can call Su­san on 0419 538 206, Dawn 5382 4371 or Bruce and Su­sanne on 5392 0220 for more in­for­ma­tion, or just show up to an event.

Lois Natt and Karl Kauc­ner

Su­sanne Beat­tie

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