Good fun and good ex­er­cise

An evening with Time in the Hall Square Dancers

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial - BY ME­GAN FROST SPE­CIAL TO THE BEA­CON me­gan@megan­frost­pho­tog­ra­phy.com

When it comes to fun and fit­ness in East­port, there’s noth­ing bet­ter than a time in the hall.

Glenn and San­dra Han­cock are mem­bers of the Time in the Hall Square Dancers, a group of about 25 dancers that meets ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day.

The Han­cocks have been danc­ing since 2013, but not al­ways to­gether.

When the Out­port Square Dancers on Fogo Is­land were lack­ing male dancers and in dan­ger of call­ing it quits, San­dra con­vinced her hus­band Glenn to join. San­dra al­ready had a dance part­ner in the group, so Glenn found his own part­ner.

The cou­ple has since moved to Glovertown and this time, they’re danc­ing to­gether with the Time in the Hall Square Dancers.

“This is the best one of my ac­tiv­i­ties,” says Glenn. “You’re us­ing your brain, try­ing to re­mem­ber the moves. When you’re walk­ing you don’t use your mind.”

Lead­ing the charge for the group has been Ma­bel Hunter.

“You need a leader to keep us all to­gether,” says Time in the Hall dancer Linda Old­ford. “She’s great.”

Group mem­bers also ac­knowl­edged a pro­vin­cial grant that en­abled the dancers to work with train­ers to get them started.

Though the group con­sists mostly of se­niors, there is no age limit.

“The more, the mer­rier!” says Hunter.

In fact, the Time in the Hall Dancers have in­spired a new, much younger group of dancers to join them at times – the Holy Cross Stom­pers, con­sist­ing of grade four to six stu­dents from Holy Cross School.

The Time in the Hall dancers are not re­strict­ing them­selves to danc­ing in East­port – they have per­formed at events all around cen­tral New­found­land, even danc­ing with Premier Dwight Ball at a se­niors’ event in Gan­der.

“It’s all about fun and ex­er­cise, says Hunter.

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Ches Wise­man and Ma­bel Hunter cir­cle the dance floor, mapped by the dancers’ chairs.

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It’s the Phil Riggs show! The men show off some dance moves as part of the Cen­tre­ville dance, or “the set.” Lorna Firth wears a tie and stands in for one of the men.

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Some things never change. As the group sits down to tea, the women are on one end of the ta­ble and the men are on the other.

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Phil Riggs and wife Layla. “I used to do this in Labrador when I was a boy but I haven’t done it since,” says Phil.

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