Dance fan, 77, is keen to tango
AT 77 years of age, Gold Coast retiree Laurel Breunis is on the hunt for a tango class.
Dancing has played a big role in her life, but she's never had a chance to learn the tango, a style of dance that originated in South America.
"I want to learn that dance - I've never done ballroom," Laurel said.
"The music that goes with dancing is so good for your soul."
Laurel was 10 and living in Sydney when her Mum first took her to ballet.
"I just loved it and lived in the ballet studio," she said.
Later in the mid-1950s, when she worked, she spent lunch hours at lessons with the Sydney Dance Studio and performed in the town hall in that city.
"I was 33 when I went to an audition for the Foundation City Ballet Company in Parramatta," she said.
"I just went to keep the other girls company."
To Laurel's surprise, she was accepted.
"I went into the company for a while," she said.
"They went on the road but I couldn't do that - I had a family."
Nevertheless the Fred Astaire fan kept up her connection with dance.
"On Tuesday nights I did a ballet class and on Thursday nights I did a local tap class," she said.
"I had my last ballet class when I was 62.
"Dancing has given me confidence and it certainly gives you good posture.
"I go to yoga now and again, and still do a dance class at home."
Psychological and medical research has shown that dancing can do wonders for a person's mental, physical and emotional health.
Dancing also improves brain function on many different levels.