Good fun and good exercise
An evening with Time in the Hall Square Dancers
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.
Ches Wiseman and Mabel Hunter circle the dance floor, mapped by the dancers’ chairs.
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.
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.
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.