Welcome to men on Seniors Citizens dance floors
FORGET dancing with the stars - the ladies at the Port Macquarie Senior Citizens Club just want a few more men to dance with.
"We need more male dancers," club treasurer Alan Ross explained.
"We have plenty of ladies - but they'd like more dance partners. If we have 20 people at dancing then 12 of them are women.
"I can assure you that all men, whether dancers or not, will be very warmly welcomed (as will all women) and the ladies just love to teach new men the dances at the Monday morning beginners' dance which is very popular, with some 50-60 people attending each week."
Joining fee is just $10 and annual membership is $5 thereafter so it is really affordable for all and lots of new friendships are made.
"We make every effort to keep our fees as the present low rates so that our members can get to as many activities as they want each week. In fact, our membership and activity fees have not increased for over 10 years," Alan said.
"The club also puts on two full-day bus trips (includes bus and lunch) and three great luncheons annually, all of which is subsidised for everyone attending.
"Our Mother's Day Luncheon on May 11 costs just $20 per person for which they get nibblies, all drinks, a two-course hot lunch, tea/coffee, entertainment and the ladies receive a bottle of wine or box of chocolates."
Alan - who joined the club when he retired 12 years ago to learn to dance - said dancing new vogue, waltz, tango and swing were some of the club's most popular activities in a packed program at their Munster Street premises.
Unfortunately, bad knees put an end to Alan's dancing career a couple of years ago.
"I still miss it though," he said but his job as club treasurer - a job he took on a decade ago - keeps him busy.
The Senior Citizens Club has more than 450 members and is often the first place people come to when they retire to the region.
For just $2 you get a cup of tea, biscuits and your activity. And while it's called senior citizens, don't think that it's a room full of pensioners.
"It's a popular misconception that we're all old fuddy duddies," Alan explained.
"Actually, we start at 50, though with permission from the committee we have had 46 and 47-year-olds."
He said members were still out there and active and in their 50s and early 60s and weren't all pensioners.
"Of course we have older members too," he said. "We have a man who is turning 95 and he's still dancing every Tuesday."
And it's not just dancing - there are bus trips a few times a year and a whole slew of other activities.
"We have activities seven days a week - darts, indoor bowls, scrabble, Bunka, embroidery, lace," he said.
"Our dancing is really popular we have New Vogue dancing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and line dancing twice a week."
The most popular session of the week is the Monday morning beginners' class, starting at 9.30am, which attracts 40-50 people a week.
For further information, drop into the Munster Street headquarters or phone 6583 7149.