Line dancing helps improve health and coordination

The line dance class in action at the Holton Center. (Staff photo by Cameron Rogers)


Dancing has always been a unique way for someone to express themselves, but for Rosalyn Reed, dancing has become the core of her health. Every Tuesday she attends a 7 p.m. line dancing class at the Holton Career and Resource Center on Driver Street.

Rosalyn Reed (left) watching the line dancer instructor, Marvis Henderson-Daye (middle) for new moves (Staff photo by Cameron Rogers)

The line dancing class is organized by a group of church women who find power in growing and staying healthy together.

“Line dance refers to a range of choreographed routines dance in a group without partners. It’s a great workout for the body and mind,” said Marvis Henderson-Daye the fitness instructor. The class offers a new outlet to having fun with old school line dancing and still getting the benefits of an aerobic exercise.

“I am 60 years old, and this class helps me maintain my coordination, stability and my flexibility as  I age,” said Reed, a loyal and energetic participant. “This class has been very beneficial to me.”

According to a lifestyle and medical site, Everyday Health— they agree with Reed. Attending line dancing classes does have many benefits —one being improving flexibility. When people attend dance fitness it increases the flexibility, and aids in joint pain and post-exercise soreness.

“I have been going to different facilities for the last five years,” Reed said. She believes fitness classes for one’s  health should be free to the public. Free fitness decreases obesity in the local communities. Reed has attended various forms of dance fitness: zumba, line, body jam, body step and water aerobics.

Reed said since she discovered the existence of the Holton Center in the early 2018, she has never stopped coming there for her recreational and fitness activities. Reed explained that she has been attending this line dancing class for about four months and as a result, her coordination has improved.

Before attending this class at the Holton Center, she was a member at another recreational facility which required monthly payments. However, at the Holton Center every class is free to the public. “This building is of great value to all of the community,” she said. “It is available for those who don’t have the means to pay, for those facilities require funding.”

The Holton Center has been hosting varies recreational and fitness classes for all ages since they finished reconstruction and opened in July 2010. The classes held range from hip hop to Zumba and karate to swimming lessons.  Classes are offered for both beginners and experienced dancers.

“I would encourage people to come to this public recreational facility and I see a lot of diversity,” Reed said, “I think that’s awesome!”


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