Yack dances away the weekend
BALLROOM dancers last weekend flocked to Yackandandah in their finery and put their best feet forward a two-day dance party.
They were stepping and swinging to the music of regular entertainer Ian Werfen.
Enthusiastic dancer and organiser Stan Sutherland said the dances were held nearly every night of the week in the North East.
“In Yackandandah we have a dance once a month with practice sessions every Tuesday night,” he said. “Everyone is welcome.” Mr Sutherland said about 80 people attended last Saturday night’s and Sunday’s dancing with most people coming from Benalla, Shepparton, Corowa, Albury and farther afield.
“Everyone learned to dance when we were young and now we all enjoy returning to it.
“It is a wonderful way to keep fit and healthy and even warn off Alzheimer’s disease – using music to engage the mind and the body in a way that is physically active, keeping the mind healthy and providing a great opportunity to socialise.
“There is plenty of proof here tonight because everyone is over 60 and some are over 90.”
WONDERFUL: Stan Sutherland took his partner Bev Eames around the dance floor for the ‘Pride of Erin’ in Yackandandah on Saturday.
KICKING HEELS: Enthusiastic dancers Shirley Steff (left) and Ruth Bridge enjoyed the music of entertainer Ian Werfen (centre), a regular entertainer at old time dances in the North East, in Yackandandah.