Young At Heart concert and dance

Pete Toppan and Geraldine Gawle

Nancy Toppan

Robson Ranch Social Dance classes presented the big band sound of Young At Heart for our listening enjoyment and dancing pleasure on Sunday, January 27, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Young At Heart is a 14-piece band with a rhythm section, trumpets, ‘bones and saxes. This popular band has been performing for dances and events in the Denton area for over 20 years. It is made of musicians (including several Robson Ranch residents) that are dedicated to playing a wide variety of old favorites from the 1940s through the 1980s. St. Louis Blues, Edelweiss, Rock Around the Clock, Release Me, Route 66, and Georgia On My Mind, are a few of their selections.

Dancers were pleased with the wide variety of Young At Heart’s dance music: waltz, foxtrot, jitterbug, 3-step, rumba, cha cha, slow dance, swing, etc.

Special guests were the accomplished professional pianist, Rebecca Bafford and the talented sax player, Spike Evans. Both are residents of Robson Ranch.

Robson’s line dance instructor, Bert Zeitlin, took the lead and encouraged line dancing throughout the evening and during the break.

This big band sound packed the house and the audience was not disappointed. Young At Heart opened with a popular swing tune, St. Louis Blues, with the momentum of a runaway train. Couples danced, hips swayed and toes were tapping just like they remembered in the good ole’ days.

Comments of “sensational”, “marvelous” and “when can we get them back?” were heard throughout the evening.

These musicians, with a great array of talent, play because they love music and will be back Sunday, March 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Special guest Spike Evans will be accompanying the band.

Line dancing will be offered during the break. A cash bar will be provided. A drawing for a free month of Social Dance classes for two, an $80 value, will be given to the winning ticket.

Come spend this Sunday afternoon in March reminiscing with nostalgic music. Bring a dance partner because you won’t be able to stay seated.