Meet Toowoomba's 89-year-old tap dancing grandma

TUESDAYS are Marcella Ward's favourite day.

She brushes up her tap shoes, warms up her ankles and digs out the sparkle to tap dance the day away.

With three daughters, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, there is no denying Mrs Ward is a happy, healthy and active 89-year-old.

She is possibly one of Australia's oldest tap dancers too.

The Jazzy Tappers at the Senior Citizens Club. 89-year-old Marcella Ward is the oldest member of the group. August 2, 2016
The Jazzy Tappers at the Senior Citizens Club. 89-year-old Marcella Ward is the oldest member of the group. August 2, 2016 Bev Lacey

Mrs Ward joins about 15 others at Kay Low's tap dance classes at the Toowoomba Senior Citizens Club. They call themselves The Jazzy Tappers and they have the outfits and moves to match.

Mrs Ward was initially worried about her balance but her fear melted away in a matter of toe-tapping moments.

"I brought my friend along (to the club) one day just to show her where to go and I thought I'd try tap once and then I found I was enjoying it," she said.

"I was fearful I'd slip on the floor but thankfully I'm encouraged so much by the ladies here that I'm enjoying it and would hate to miss it."

The Jazzy Tappers at the Senior Citizens Club. From left; Lorna Helwig, 83, Marcella Ward, 89, and Carmel Garvey, 81. August 2, 2016
The Jazzy Tappers at the Senior Citizens Club. From left; Lorna Helwig, 83, Marcella Ward, 89, and Carmel Garvey, 81. August 2, 2016 Bev Lacey

Mrs Ward would like to see other senior citizens give tap dancing a go.

"I'll do it for as long as the good Lord will allow me to," she said.

"I think you are only as young as you feel within yourself and I'm very fortunate to have good health."

Teacher Kay Low said with Seniors Week coming up later this month, Mrs Ward and her tap crew were a prime example of how seniors could live to the fullest and happiest in this next chapter of life.

"It's great for your body and mind," she said.

"It's social thing as well. We come for about three hours with a lunch break. We do three classes like an easy class, improver class and then an intermediate class."

Toowoomba Senior Citizens Club hosts regular activities like New Vogue dancing, stretch and breathe classes, line dancing, square dancing, social indoor bowls, darts, dance nights, cards, choir, handicraft sessions, Tai Chi, crochet class and more.


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