American society doesn’t give us many reasons to look forward to getting older, but continuing to dance for the next several decades is one aspect of aging that I look forward to. The ballroom world is full of people who are still dancing in their 80s and beyond. Locally, the Georgia Golden Olympics provides a competitive outlet specifically for “older” dancers (you have to be at least 50). Our friends Elaine Smith and Jorge Buendia danced at last year’s Golden Olympics and won gold medals in all 4 dances: waltz, tango, foxtrot, and swing. They worked hard preparing in lessons with Fran and it totally paid off! This year their picture is on the promotional flyer for the ballroom event:
How cool is that?