Walking up to the Duncan Senior Center on a Tuesday or Saturday night, you might see some cars and hear something from inside and open the doors expecting a bingo game but instead you walk into a sea of people dancing, visiting and most importantly, having fun.
The United Way agency has been hosting the dances for almost as long as they have been at that location according to Director Laurie Riddles.
“In 1985 the Duncan Senior Center opened at its new location at 1110 N. 7th Street,” she said. “One year later a dance was born and Senior Citizen’s have been two stepping ever since. Bands have come and gone throughout the years and sadly patrons have too, but one thing remains the same, Senior’s love to dance.”
Currently, there are two dances at the Center, every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. featuring Bill Dewbre and Old Country.
“They have birthday night on the second Tuesday of the month and potluck dinner on the last Tuesday of the month,” Riddles said.
Every Saturday night at 7 p.m. the band is Buzz Carter and The Shadow Riders. They have finger food night on the last Saturday of the month.
Admission is $6.00 and includes free coffee and soft drinks, but donations are appreciated.
Connie Roebuck and Johnny Chasteen both are attendees and help with the dance, Chasteen even teaches line dancing on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
“For a lot of people this is the only social place that they come to,” said Chasteen.
Both women agreed it was great excise, because it can be done at ones own pace and skill.
“It’s lots of fun, I have enjoyed it for years and years and years,” Chasteen said.
It’s not something you have to learn.
“I think if people would try it, they would really love it,” Roebuck said.“I still have not taken lessons from her (Chasteen) or anybody else, I just get out there and do what I want to do and I have a blast.”
They also said many people enjoy that there is no alcohol or smoking.
Clema Wood, 96, who’s birthday was Monday, has been a regular attendee for 15 years.
“I enjoy dancing and I meet my friends, it’s good excise,” she said. “I just have a good time. Oh Lordy, I think I usually dance (to) 10 or 12 songs.”
For those who may no longer have their partner, don’t worry.
“There is always someone who will dance with you,” Chasteen said.
The group is friendly according to Roebuck.
“If you come in new and they see you just sitting there most of the time one or two of the men will come dance with them,” she said. “They don’t just walk by and not speak to them. They are real friendly.”
The dances are open to anyone of any age, the admission is mostly to pay the bands who play with part going to the center itself.
For more information about the Senior Center stop by and get a newsletter or call 580-255-6902.