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With instructor Jill Weiss coaching them through the steps, those enrolled in the Dover Senior Line Dancing class got their groove on underneath the American Legion Post 1949 building on Monday morning, starting at 9:30 a.m. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

Happy feet to be found at Dover’s Senior Line Dancing class

WINGDALE — Topping the medley of arts and crafts, Bingo, dance and other exercise programs, the town of Dover invites local seniors to start their week with a spring in their step by stopping by the Senior Line Dancing class offered every Monday morning underneath the American Legion Post 1949 building.

Open to local seniors ages 55 and up, the free program is held every Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. under the Post building, located at 1797 Route 22 in Wingdale.

Leading seniors through the side step is Jill Weiss, owner of the dance studio, JK Shuffles, in New Milford, Conn., which specializes in line dancing. 

As a  longtime teacher of line dancing, Weiss said she’s been teaching in Dover for about two years and marveled at how the town’s Senior Line Dancing class is “growing by leaps and bounds.”

Regarding her teaching methods, Weiss explained, “The way to learn line dancing is by learning the names of the steps, but we learn that by learning different dances — and we dance to everything.”

Asked the benefits of joining a line dancing class, Weiss named exercising the body and the mind, learning balance and posture and learning how to dance as prime examples.

Above all, she said, it’s fun and the dancers spend a lot of time laughing with one another.

At the class visited on this day, there were at least 20 people attending, which is very much the norm each week, according to Ann Matthews, who runs the Dover Senior Center with Venna Curro.

“It’s open for new people every week and we actually have grown tremendously,” Matthews said.

Weiss added that the class has all levels of dancers in attendance, from novice dancers to people who have been dancing for years.

The Senior Line Dancing class has an open door policy and invites anyone in the Dutchess County area to join.

In terms of COVID-19 precautions, Matthews said class attendees are required to be vaccinated or to wear a face mask.

In terms of welcoming people into the class, Matthews remarked, “The Senior Center is really unique that way where there’s very little red tape — just come and dance.”

For more information on the line dancing classes, seniors are encouraged to go to www.doverrecreation.com or to go online to the “Town of Dover Seniors” Facebook page.

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