Bend seniors hit the dance floor

By Andy Tullis • The Bulletin
Published Jan 11, 2014 at 12:01AM / Updated Jan 11, 2014 at 06:46AM

Every Thursday after the Bend Senior Center’s lunch social, visitors take to the dance floor and put the skills they might have learned at the senior center’s regular dance classes to good use, perhaps burning a few calories at the same time.

Dancing, touted on the senior center’s webpage as good for “the heart, the mind and the soul,” is a free activity from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays, with music provided. (Information on other dance offerings can be found online, www.bendparksandrec.org.) Who knows? You may find not just a dance partner, but also a good marriage candidate.

Andy Tullis / The Bulletin Couples enjoy dancing to the sounds of the Memríy Makers during the Thursday Afternoon Dance at the Bend Senior Center this week. The senior center offers instruction in a variety of dance, including swing, ballroom and international standard style. Coming soon is the St. Patrickís Day Dinner and Dance, to be held 6-9 p.m. March 14. For more information on Bend Senior Centerís dance offerings, call 541-388-1133 or visit www.bendparksandrec.org and click on Bend Senior Center, then scroll down to Dancing.
Andy Tullis / The Bulletin Bend residents Roger Cusick leads his wife, Jessica Eaton, in a lively dance as the floor fills up at this weekís Thursday Afternoon Dance.
Andy Tullis / The Bulletin Members of the band Memríy Makers play for a group of dancers at this weekís Thursday Afternoon Dance at the Bend Senior Center.
Andy Tullis / The Bulletin Bend residents Bob Gallo and Bettye Tilson dance Thursday.
Andy Tullis / The Bulletin Old and new friends dance in a circle to the Memríy Makersí final song Thursday.
Andy Tullis / The Bulletin For some dancers running out of steam, a little sugar can go a long way. Halfway through Thursday Afternoon Dance, Tony Lelli, of Bend, takes a break to get coffee and a cookie.
Andy Tullis / The Bulletin Peggy and Bill Mefford, of Bend, hold hands while watching other couples on the dance floor Thursday. Watching the band or the dancers is part of the fun.
Andy Tullis / The Bulletin Carylann and William Bunkers, of Redmond, attended this weekís Thursday Afternoon Dance as newlyweds. ìWe are married, as of a month ago,î Carylann Bunkers said. ìAnd we met here dancing.î