Spalding County Senior Citizens Center Director Jo Ellis said seniors from Clayton, Henry, Spalding and other communities attended the event. She estimated there were about 70 attendees.
“We definitely want to thank Jackson Elementary for letting us have it here,” she said.
Tommy Morris, a retired TWA employee from Locust Grove, was one of the dancers there.
“It’s a wonderful thing for the older people,” he said. “Lots of exercise - people with diabetes and joint problems and all. Very worthwhile service that the county has put on.”
Eddie Huffman served as one of the instructors at the event. He said he began dancing 10 years ago, when he took lessons in Henry County.
“I think it’s a great way of exercising both the mind and body,” he said. “It’s a good way to keep your youth going.”
He said the turnout is especially significant because it is the first event in Griffin-Spalding County.
Bille Brown, a retired bookkeeper who manages some properties, also attended the event.
“I love line dancing,” she said. “I like what the senior center offers.”
Janice Wayte from Forest Park was another dancer.
“It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “I’m learning new dances and getting to see other groups dance.”
She also had a more personal reason to enjoy the event.
“The dancing teacher’s my fiance,” she said.
Wayne Evans, the instructor in question, said he has been teaching for four years and dancing for eight. He said he mostly teaches in Clayton and Henry counties.
“I think it’s great,” he said.
Gene Demons from Atlanta was another instructor at the event.
“The event is beautiful,” he said. “We’re learning new things, meeting new people.”