At the annual intergenerational Valentine’s dance it became apparent that whether you boogie, waltz or even hip hop, it didn’t matter your age as teens and local senior citizens gathered at North Lake Middle School for this annual dance experience.
Last Friday DJ Bob Justice played music from every decade, beginning with the 1940s so that “kids” of every age could learn from one another.
“It’s so fun watching the mixture of people and to see families here with their kids,” senior Joyce Bell said. “It’s amazing.”
Seniors were sharing their moves with teens and teens were showing off their dance skills to the most modern hip-hop techniques.
The Valentine’s dance is hosted by the Lake Stevens Family Center’s Youth Advisory Council along with the Lake Stevens Senior Center and brought in a crowd of over 100 people.
“I think it’s important that the seniors interact with the teens,” Jasmyn Friend of the Youth Advisory Council said. “Seniors teach the teens a lot about life experiences. I think the seniors get the same thing.”
Many of the Lake Stevens High School Key Club members were in attendance.
Juliana Borges, Erica Hadley, Deanna Martin and Tatum Fetherston enjoyed socializing with the seniors.
“It’s been really cool,” Borges said. “There are not that many opportunities to socialize with the older generation.”
Dancers are invited to a nice dinner, provided by Albertsons and other local businesses, with beautiful décor and a chance to interact with folks who enjoy sharing their different life experiences.
Several dance groups demonstrated their talent as well as taking the time to teach some of their techniques with the crowd.
This experience gave seniors an opportunity to see that teens make look a little different than they did in their day, but that really they are all pretty much the same.
“They (the seniors) tend to be a little afraid of teens,” Friend said. “When they interact they tend to open up a little bit more.”
Everyone went home with great memories and new friends.