Recently I read an interesting article that talks about the power and joy that performing dance brings to older people. The author says, "...the goal of putting on a performance can draw out and enhance real benefits beyond the physical and social." What might be a really important benefit is a sense of accomplishment.
My boss at Rudance in Flushing used to be very adamant in his effort to reach out to his older customers every day, reminding them of the time of the class and more or less "forcing" them to come. I used to not understand. My boss explained, "well, if they don't come to class, they might be sitting on their couches all day long. What is good about that? Dancing makes them feel good." He would also put them on stage during the monthly parties. In a way, he has brought joy into the lives of these older people through dancing and performance.
As younger dancers, we use our performances to deliver joy to the audience in the same way. Bringing our own passion to each performance, we inspire the audience as to how great it feels to be swinging to the music there on stage. That's why at the end of a performance the audience is all "turned up." Therefore dancing is such a win-win: by enjoying dancing thoroughly, we spread the enjoyment around!
In the end, I want to remind us that the grandparents around us might not be dancing anymore - but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't be!