On the evening of Feb. 13, over 90 people ranging in age from 11 to 87 years gathered at the new Senior Center location on Soper Hill for an intergenerational Valentine’s dance.
DJ Bob Justice contributed his time and talents to provide dance music spanning seven decades. Seniors and teens enjoyed conversation around brightly decorated tables and feasted on a delicious meal provided by major sponsors, Albertsons, Sahara Pizza and Papa Johns of Lake Stevens.
The dance floor featured line dancing by Marylee Lykes who taught the group many forms of dancing including the Cupid Shuffle.
Our very own Lake Stevens Hip Hop group known as Laketown Heroes Crew, captivated everyone with its gravity-defying moves.
The most memorable moments came as teens and seniors paired up to share one another’s favorite music and steps, including an all-ages Macarena.
The dance was a joint project of the Lake Stevens Family Center’s Youth Advisory Council and the Lake Stevens Senior Center.
The goal was to bring teens and seniors together in a fun and festive environment to build new connections, eliminate fears, break down some of the generational barriers that isolate the two groups from one another, and give each a glimpse into the other’s interests and uniqueness.
The sharing of experiences and generational cultures created an atmosphere of mutual respect, new understanding and appreciation of one another.
From the enthusiastic comments pouring from both groups, it is clear that a love of dancing and good times is not the only thing these people found they shared.
They would also like to acknowledge contributions to our evening from the Snohomish Starbucks, Jay’s Market, Safeway and Baskin Robbins of Lake Stevens.
Both groups hope that the dance will be a new beginning for the community with increased relationships and friendship-building activities between teens and senior citizens.