it's all thanks to line-dance instructor LaDonna McGee, who is now
going on three years of teaching at Rose Park Senior Center.
I started line-dancing, you mimicked the teacher" says LaDonna McGee.
"I didn't know her face from Adam, but I knew her boots anywhere."
McGee instructs five classes each and every week, with anywhere from 20 to over 50 people attending one class.
of these people are widows and widowers just like me, you don't need a
partner to dance. And friendship, you just meet people."
Which is why getting into line-dancing was so important for McGee.
lost my husband, I lost my mother, I lost my sister, there wasn't
anyone else. What do I do? I cannot make my children responsible for my
happiness. So one month
after I lost the last, I walked into Rose Park."
A decision that even impacts those she teaches.
likes her, she makes it really enthusing, she gets into it" says Lupe
Chavez who attends the class. "It just makes you want to come back
Which is exactly most of the seniors at Rose Park do, just to feel the energy McGee gives off.
says, "We do this to let our child out to play. It's fun and it's good
for you. I'm 70 and I want to be doing this another 10 years...I'll