Jae Buchanan loves to dance and she isn’t going to let something as minor as age stand in her way.
The 97-year-old long-time Mission resident dances four times a week, sometimes for two hours at a time, and enjoys every minute of it.
“I love to dance and I need to exercise,” said Buchanan.
She takes part in the line dancing classes offered at the Mission Seniors Activity Centre on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The classes can run as long as two hours.
While she is fairly new to line dancing, Buchanan said she has danced her whole life.
“My husband loved to dance so when we went to banquets, to weddings, we danced all evening. It was beautiful.”
When she’s not dancing, she said she enjoys reading and watching the 10 o’clock news on television. But she always feels the need to keep moving.
“I like to keep busy. The people here are all nice and friendly and they don’t treat me like an old lady,” said Buchanan.
She also enjoys learning new things from dance instructor Val Saunders. In fact, Buchanan has become “very good friends” with her teacher.
“I go for dinner on Wednesday nights to her place and then we go dancing in Abbotsford.”
Buchanan said she won’t stop dancing and thinks it would be nice to still be dancing when she turns 100.
Saunders said Buchanan is “amazing” and great to have in the class.
Saunders has been teaching the line dance program for the past two years and has watched as its popularity increased.
“It has really grown, I’m really pleased. I think the variety of the program brings the people in, plus word of mouth.”
She said the class has grown from 10-12 students to about 25.
For more on the line dancing classes, or other programs offered at the Mission Seniors Activity Centre, visit missionseniorscentre.com