Art of Aging: Doylestown, Bucks County dance group teaching the elderly how to type

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (WPVI) — Learning the latest TikTok dance might be all the rage right now, but have you ever wished you could dance like Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire?

A Bucks County dance group for seniors can make your tap dancing dreams come true.

On Wednesdays, Judy Sandelands and Jeanne Evans lead tap dancing lessons at the Central Bucks Senior Activity Center in Doylestown.

The band is aptly named Toe Tappers.

“The mission is to teach older people how to tap dance for fun and for exercise,” says Sandelands.

Sandelands is the manager of the Toe Tappers and develops the choreography for their dance routines.

Evans works in tandem with her, as associate director and instructor.

There is a class for more experienced dancers and beginners.

“We take everyone. No experience necessary,” says Sandelands. “We all learned to tap dance from Toe Tappers.”

Marie Dean joined the group in 2014.

“I never dreamed that I would dance,” Dean says.

She says it took her a while to learn tap dancing, but she slowly developed her skills each week with the group.

“And we’re having so much fun,” Dean says.

“We do the same tap dance routine,” says Evans. “So that we always refine the basic steps that we use in the dances.”

The group also performs shows in the Bucks County area and beyond for veterans’ homes, retirement communities and church groups.

“We have a different show for each season of the year,” says Sandelands. “And I always mix in a lot of comedy.”

Sandelands says dancing benefits both body and mind.

“Not only do you have to remember the step, you have to remember the sequence of a dance,” she says.

“It teaches you balance and coordination,” Dean explains. “But the best thing is the link between memory and music.”

“To see them get excited when they finally master the dance is so exciting,” Evans said.

The Toe Tappers are just getting back up and running after a COVID hiatus.

“We’re really a social group,” says Sandelands. “If you want to learn tap dancing, come join us.”

“It’s really fun,” says Evans.

More information:

Toe Tappers on Facebook

Central Bucks Senior Activity Center

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