Howard Magazine - Page 18 - To Your Health By Pete Pichaske For Howard Magazine

Howard Magazine
- Page 18
To Your Health By Pete Pichaske For Howard Magazine

Tapping it out

 

Seniors twinkle their toes in Ellicott City dance class

 

The small dance studio is as noisy as you’d expect with a boom box belting out dance songs, a shouting instructor and a group of enthusiastic dancers tip-tapping across the hard floor.

 

The dancers themselves, however, might be less expected. Rather than giddy children or limber young adults, these dancers range in age from their 50s up to their 80s.

 

The class, held Wednesday mornings at Kinetics Dance, an Ellicott City studio, is part of a growing list of offerings from the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks created for adults 50 and older.

 

The list includes other dance classes (ballet, swing dancing, square dancing) as well as a long and growing list of both indoor (painting, fitness) and outdoor (archery, fishing, paddling) classes.

 

The roots of this booming business for baby boomers are simple: Howard County is getting older, and older Americans in general are looking for more options to occupy their time and to stay fit and social.