Sweet Spot With Mike Sugerman: New York Dance Group Proves Age Is Just A Number

Mike Sugerman
November 01, 2019 - 5:00 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Talk about dancing old school.

As Mike Sugerman reports in this week's Sweet Spot, be sure to step lively around this group of seniors who have formed a dance company under the name, Pacemakers.

"There really aren't very many opportunities for older people and non-professionals to perform dance," said Susan Avery, a teacher and longtime dancer who has performed on the sidelines of New York sports teams and put together this company led by former Knicks dancer Heather Van Arsdale.

"Memory is a challenge sometimes," said Arsdale. "It's a challenge for them to remember and retain the choreography so it actually makes it fun because it's like Groundhog Day every rehearsal."

Pacemakers dance group
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They performed at Minor League Baseball games and could get a shot at on a national dance show after being contacted by a producer.

Barbara Adler is still break dancing at 58. She's spent 20 years with the group Momz N Da Hood — motherhood, that is.

"Anything's possible at any age because middle aged women who desire to learn, how to move in ways that are very unexpected and very unusual we love inspiring other people," she said.

"They have done studies on different types of dance and determined that dance is a good thing to prolong life," said dance group member Renie Reece, who is 80 years old.

Pacemakers dance group
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Pacemakers dancer Roger Nick has been moving and grooving since before his days as a pilot in the Vietnam War.

"It's just so wonderful," Nick said. "I use it as an escape from everyday life just to clear my mind, the exercise, it's phenomenal you can't beat it. And it's just a joy."

And that never gets old.