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Seizing the 'Chance to Dance'

Linden Ponds dancers take to the floor for fun and fitness

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August 20th, 2013
Linden Ponds dancers take to the floor for fun and fitness

The energy was high, the music lively as couples glided and twirled across the floor outside the Fireside Restaurant at Linden Ponds. Claims of I don t dance went largely unheard. At the Chance to Dance event, there were few viable excuses to stay seated. Organized by Norman and Renee Feingold, who live in the Hingham, Mass., community, the event brought Linden Ponds residents and staff to the newly installed wooden floor in the Oakleaf Clubhouse for dancing to various genres of live and prerecorded music, including the cha-cha, rumba, and tango. The Feingolds enlisted the musical talent of pianist Dick Bauer, who also lives at Linden Ponds and plays piano regularly in the Derby Clubhouse. We want the people here to have a good time and to have a simple way of socializing, but be active at the same time, says Norman. The festive Chance to Dance was subtitled Dancing With the Staff, a riff on the popular TV series Dancing With the Stars. Well-known Linden Ponds staffers found resident partners and took to the floor, among them: Pastoral Ministries Manager Chris Beukman, Director of Continuing Care Jim Centola, Director of Dining Services Omar Gonzales, Director of Sales Christine Hansen, Medical Director Betsy Moody, Administrator-in-Training in Continuing Care Justin Paradis, and Director of Resident Life Meredith Scott. Music from Chance to Dance continued well after the dinner hour. At an information table between the restaurant and the dance floor, a sign read Life may not be the party we asked for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

Marvelous facility and dancers

The Feingolds are longtime dancers and founders of the Dancing Couples group that meets twice monthly in the Overton Way fitness studio at Linden Ponds. With the new floors outside the Fireside Restaurant, the Feingolds saw an opportunity to introduce pre- and post-dinner crowds to the concept of the Dancing Couples group. We have many new residents, and we want to bring to their attention the fact that this marvelous facility, sound system, simulated wooden floor, and huge mirror is available to them, Norman adds, referencing the fitness studio. The Feingolds spend winters in Puerto Rico, where they relish the Latin music and dancing. On their way to Puerto Rico last year, the Feingolds traveled to Cuba to immerse themselves in the local music, art, and dance, including a style of dance called D nzon that originated in Cuba, but that the couple practices in Puerto Rico. I think they learned a few moves from us, Renee says with a smile. The Feingolds carried their latest stories back to Linden Ponds and the Dancing Couples group. Though the group meetings are an open forum for dance, the Feingolds occasionally offer instruction to participants when requested. They re super people, says Bernie Garrett, who moved to Linden Ponds with his wife Lorraine a year ago and joined the group shortly after. He says of the group: The more people who come, the better. Adds Lorraine: It s better than going on the treadmill.