WTAP @ 5 To Your Health: Hip Hop Dancing

By: Michael Jones Email
By: Michael Jones Email

It's important for seniors to keep moving and stay active.

But how many older folks to you know dancing to hip hop?

Christi Paul reports on one group moving to the beat to stay young in today's Health Minute.

Dancing to hip-hop when you're in your 50s, 60s or older? Why not, says 83 year old Herb Pomfrey, affectionally called "hip hop pop."

"This makes me feel like I'm 72 again."

The members of this senior's dance troupe have traded in the glides of waltzing for the new moves of hip hop.

"I need them to move their hips a little bit which is a little bit foreign to a couple of them, but we're working on it."

Coach and choreographer Leslie Alison says these seniors master the complex steps like people half their age; it just takes a little longer.

"I will never be mad at you for doing something too big."

She watches to make sure they do the moves safely.

Many on the squad have dance experience, others are new to the sport.

And they practice two to three hours twice a week. It's great exercise.

In fact, some like pop have lost weight.

"My legs have strengthened and I feel wonderful, I'm amazed."

They all say they feel more energized and mentally alert.

"It's like another opportunity to be young again."

And it shows that dancing, or any other kind of exercise, is good for you, and you're never too old!

For Today's Health Minute, I'm Christi Paul.


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