Recreation department offers over-40s dancing way to health


October 03, 1997|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

KEEPING FIT is never easy, especially once you've hit the big 40. Body parts don't move so easily, or the ones that do move hurt. You know you need to exercise, but where and with whom? Out-of-shape bodies and delicate egos don't take easily to aerobics and spandex.

A program from the county Recreation and Parks Department -- Sweatpants & Dance -- may be just what you're looking for. Class is held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at George Fox Middle School on Outing Avenue.

George Kelch, originator and class leader, explained that the program was created to fill a need. "I'm a senior involved in sports and wanted to add an aerobics class to my exercise program," Kelch said. Joining an aerobics class was easy, and keeping up with the class was no problem, but learning the routines proved frustrating. "I eventually ended up doing my own ballroom dance moves to the music," he said.

He went a little further and created the course last year. With the help of dance and aerobic instructors, the class is geared to keeping mature bodies moving for 60 minutes to familiar music and dance steps. "We warm up with the foxtrot, then progress to the cha-cha, polka, electric slide, jitterbug, and cool down with a waltz," Kelch said.

Last year's program was a big success, with more than 120 students exercising. This year, classes have been offered by other senior groups in Maryland.

The fall session began a few weeks ago, but Kelch said there's still room for students. Information: 410-222-7313.

Dance special

Line-dance the night away at Stoney Creek Democratic Club, 8123 Fort Smallwood Road, starting at 7 p.m. today.

Beginner instruction will be taught by Ronnie and Michael Marchard. Couples, line and open dancing continues until midnight.

A price special is being offered tonight, according to club secretary Evelyn Sommer. "Regular admission is $10 per person, but two can get in for the price of one tonight," she said. An all-you-can-eat dinner buffet and beer, wine and soda are included.

Information: 410-255-7739.

Coffeehouse meetings

Magothy United Methodist Church, 3703 Mountain Road, will kick off its fifth season of monthly coffeehouse evenings at 7 p.m. today.

The monthly concerts feature local musicians and performers. Tonight's entertainment includes Brian Pallet, the Matt Kuhn Group and the St. Jane Frances Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Admission is free. Coffee and refreshments will be sold.

Information: 410-255-2420.

Bingo luncheon

The Chesapeake Women's Club will offer its semiannual bingo luncheon fund-raiser Wednesday at Kurtz's Beach.

Admission is $5 and includes a luncheon platter and one bingo card. Additional cards may be purchased. The doors open at 11 a.m.

Proceeds benefit the CWC community outreach program.

Information: 410-766-4310.

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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