Lanier Dance Club keeps on moving

Story by Michelle Jameson
Photos by David Barnes

Established in the early 90s Lanier Dance Club has changed format as trends have changed through the years.
Members gather casually twice a month to practice their moves and learn new ones.
We don’t officially have members but have probably 70 people who come on occasion. We typically have about 35 to 40 attend each event,” said club secretary Barbara Tuggle.
The dancers help keep each other young and encourage younger dancers to get on the floor.
“I would guess that the average age is around 60, although all ages are welcome” said Tuggle.
The club teaches a variery of line, swing and ballroom  dances including Waltz, East and West Coast Swing, Cha Cha, 2 Step and others.
“I wouldn’t say we have a favorite as a group, although we have couples who focus on a particular dance.”
The group owns a library of music and have a few individuals who rotate creating a play list for the focus dance of the evening.
Of course dancing offers many benefits, says Tuggle:
The physical benefit of staying active keeps the joints loose and  provides aerobic exercise along with practice maintaining balance.

The mental benefit of coordinating motion with music and remembering the moves and sequences.
The social benefit of interacting with people with similar interests and most importantly, having fun.
“We would love to see more young people get involved.  I have seen younger dancers at other venues, however, not many in Gainesville.”
Dances are $8 per dancer, cash at the door.  That includes the lesson. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the American Legion Post 7. They welcome beginners and singles.

Jerry Tuggle, 70, center, instructs Ellen Claessen, 64, left, and Albert Claessen, 63.

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