Littleton dance venue in step with the times

Ballroom moves are ‘very popular now’

Posted 2/21/12

In the world of ballroom dancing, Tom Yook is a rock star. “He’s the epitome of a one-man band,” said Holly Collins, owner of Adventures in …

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Littleton dance venue in step with the times

Ballroom moves are ‘very popular now’

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In the world of ballroom dancing, Tom Yook is a rock star.

“He’s the epitome of a one-man band,” said Holly Collins, owner of Adventures in Dance in the Woodlawn Shopping Center, where people gather each Wednesday afternoon to waltz, samba and two-step. Yook croons classics like “Memories” and “The Waltz You Saved for Me” while playing the keyboard and trumpet – often simultaneously.

“This is the best profession,” Yook said during a special Mardi Gras/Presidents Day dance Feb. 20. “You get to have a party every day, and you get paid for it.”

Dancers treat the afternoon events like evening soirees, dressing up in their finest and breaking out their dancing shoes. On this day, everyone wore one of two color schemes: either gold, green and purple for Mardi Gras, or red, white and blue for Presidents Day. Prizes were awarded for the fanciest garb.

“Ballroom dancing is very popular now,” said Yook’s wife, Shirley, who is also a singer. “Even a lot of young people are taking lessons. And it’s such good exercise for the seniors. It gives them something to do, to look forward to, to dress up and go dancing and meet new people.”

The Yooks themselves met at a dance nearly 15 years ago, and have often witnessed new love blossom for others in their years of performing at venues such as Elks lodges and recreation centers.

Judy Smith and Mike Togher are a delightful example. They were regulars at the Lakewood Elks before Smith’s husband died. She continued to attend after his death, craving the sense of community. Togher eventually became her favorite partner, in every sense of the word, and now they go dancing two or three times a week.

“He’s a very kind, easy-going fella,” said Smith. “And it wasn’t like he was a complete stranger.”

Beyond the social aspect of ballroom dancing are the health benefits. Welton Shearron, for example, is using it like therapy after cancer messed up his balance.

“I love it all, and I used to be able to do it all,” he said. “But I’m working my way back in.”

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