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Country Kickers dancing

Country Kickers at Creekside

Every Tuesday morning, the Country Kickers dance to Grand Ole Opry songs and other toe-tapping tunes at Creekside Community Center. They come for the exercise, music and social interaction but this is no ordinary workout group. Ranging from 60 – 90 years old, the Country Kickers enjoy each other’s company whether or not they keep in uniform step.

“We take our time. We break the dance down and do it step-by-step and try to make it as easy as we can,” Senior Program Leader Jennie Doyle said. “I always kid them, ‘We are seniors so we keep one foot on the floor at all times.’”

Last year, the group learned eight dance routines and gave performances at the Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington and Wealshire of Bloomington.

Sometimes the dancers even dress the part with western bandanas, folk shirts, cowboy hats or boots. Bloomington resident and Country Kicker Rita Quinn has a collection of white, red and black cowgirl boots. Just the thing to kick up her heels with. At age 87, Quinn loves to dance.

Country Kickers’ sessions are free and walk-ins are welcome to join in the fun on Tuesdays, 8 – 8:45 a.m., Creekside, 9801 Penn Avenue South. Call 952-563-4944 for information.