Seniors Dance Their Way to Health, Companionship

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mark M. Hancock/The Dallas Morning News

Mark M. Hancock/The Dallas Morning News

I wrote an article for Tuesday’s Dallas Morning News about senior citizens who ballroom dance as a way to stay fit. While working on the story, I went to the Plano Senior Center and danced with several seniors who came to know me “as the girl with the notebook,” aka “the young reporter.”

Dance by dance, the seniors led me through a tale of history that helped me get to know them and their passion for dancing. Many of the seniors said they dance to remind themselves of days past, to stay healthy and to fulfill their need for companionship.

Click here to read my story
and a related blog post that my colleague Leslie Garcia wrote.