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Dancing: later-life passion

Bayley Brooks, of Hauser, Idaho, and Nicholas Kane, of Newman Lake, compete nationally.
Bayley Brooks, of Hauser, Idaho, and Nicholas Kane, of Newman Lake, compete nationally.

A friend and I were discussing passion the other night. Not the sexual kind. But the passion for ideas, causes, projects, new adventures.

We've noticed that as we age (we're both in our mid-50s) it's harder to feel passionate about all of the above. We decided we feel "half passions" which we abbreviated to "half-pashes." Anyway, a couple I wrote about today, Ken and Debby Dahlke, discovered ballroom dancing four years ago, when both were in their 50s.

They share the passion with others by organizing practice nights at the Kroc Center in Coeur d'Alene. On Sunday, they will hold a Snowflake Ball. (Read my story for details).

 I was in awe of this passion that has helped others, including the young couple here, Bayley and Nicholas, who met at the practice nights and now dance competitively throughout the country. This is no half-pash for the Dahlkes. And ballroom dancing is great for physical and mental health as you age.

(Photo courtesy of Ken Dahlke)




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