Senior dance group 'The Rockerettes' get health and happiness from performing

The Elkhart Youth and Community Center senior dance group prefers rocking out to rocking chairs.

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

If there is anything The Rockerettes would want area seniors to know, it's that you don't have to sit in a chair in order to rock.

The Elkhart Youth and Community Center performance group, made up of adults 60 years or older came up with the name from that very mentality, and they've been proving it on the dance floor ever since.

Karen Stump remembers the phone call 25 years ago asking her to join as the dance instructor for what started as an exercise class. "I didn't know what I was getting myself into," Stump said. Soon the class was performing at a YMCA function. They liked performing so much the class added a tap dance instructor and The Rockerettes were born.

Currently the group has 25 members between the ages of 60 and 89. "You make new friends and you become close and you share each other's lives because you're the same age, you have the same things going on," said Elkhart's Pat Severns. "It's just a nice thing to do, and it's fun to dance," she said. 

The Rockerettes will be performing at Kindred Valley View nursing home Friday, March 14, at 2 p.m. in Elkhart and March 20 at the Tolson Center in Elkhart at 11 a.m.

To learn more about the group contact the Elkhart Youth and Community Center.

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