Dancing provides peppy exercise

Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
A line-dancing class at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center in Aiken dances to The Electric Slide.

Nancy Hansen started her class at the H. Odell Weeks Activity Center by playing a recording of a tune that has been a line-dancing staple for the past decade.


The women quickly began doing movements to The Electric Slide, and as the song progressed, Ms. Hansen added a few variations to give the dance a different look.

"This is a moderately paced class," said Ms. Hansen. "We use country music, big band, swing. It's good exercise, and it's good for balance."

The class has women of all ages. Carol Adams, 84, comes to the weekly class because it's a fun way to get exercise, she said.

"I love to exercise with other people. It's lots more fun than doing exercise at home every morning," said Ms. Adams, who has been line dancing for about 15 years.

And it's not just the body that gets exercise, she said.

"It keeps your mind engaged," she said. "You have to think about what comes next, so it exercises your brain as well as your feet."

Leslie McCowan said she receives emotional benefits from the class.

"It gives you a life for the whole day," said Ms. McCowan, who has been coming to the class for about five months.

Many class members have developed friendships. "We come for the fellowship too," said June Courter.

On Sept. 5, there will be a four-week beginner line-dancing class from 11:15 a.m. to noon Wednesdays.

The cost is $25, with nonmembers and those outside the city limits having to pay an additional fee.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.


What: Adult Line Dancing class

When: 10 a.m. Tuesdays

Where: H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road.

Cost: $30 for 10 class tickets. Those living outside the Aiken city limits who are not recreation department members must pay a $25 fee.

Phone: (803) 642-7631.