Stephanie's Heroes: The Silver Steppers

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

April 29, 2013

One local senior dance group is showing off their fancy footwork for a good cause. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes the Silver Steppers of The Senior Center in Charlottesville are tap dancing around the community hoping to inspire and uplift students and the elderly.

The music is on and the tap shoes are tied as the dance group called the “Silver Steppers” practices their latest routine.

“We are so ready to finally do it in front of an audience. We're ready to burst. So, our energy is very high,” said Bonnie Williams, Dance Teacher, The Senior Center.

The group is made up of women ranging in age from their 60's to late 80's. They go out during the year and perform their jazzy numbers at schools, senior living communities and anywhere else that invites them.

”It’s a good feeling to be able to go out and entertain others. People are always glad to see us and amazed that we can still move,” said Mae McGory, Silver Steppers Member.

At their age, they say it's easy to slow down, but they choose to be active. They dance at least twice a week during rehearsals or performances.

“That's why I do it just to keep my body in shape and my mind in shape and just interacting with people,” said McGory.

Not only are they an inspiration to the community, through dance they're also able to support and encourage each other.

“We're all great friends, and so when one person needs help it's 10 people to help them. It's just a terrific feeling of camaraderie in the group,” said Williams.

The Silver Steppers have been showing off their moves for many years and say it's something they'll continue doing as long as it keeps uplifting and inspiring folks in the community.

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