Yack dances away the week­end

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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.

PHO­TOS: Wendy Stephens

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.

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