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Movin’ and groovin’: seniors take the floor at the Sweetheart Dance

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) - As Valentine's weekend came to a close, seniors at the Johnson City Senior Center busted a move and put their best foot forward at the Sweetheart Dance.

The Blue Velvet Big Band played all the classics which helped to bring out the youth inside of everyone.

Band director Tony Alduino told 12 News events like these bring joy to all who are involved.

"I grew up with this music, so it's a lot of fun for me to play, and it's a lot of fun to bring it to the audience," Alduino said. "The floor is gonna get pretty filled up."

Stephanie Cirba of Johnson City was searching for a chance to get moving and grooving when she came across the dance.

"Everybody loves to dance, and it gives you an opportunity to dance," Cirba said. 'When you're older, like we are, the opportunities sort of fade away. It definitely makes you feel young again."

For reasons like Cirba's, Alduino tries his best to pick a wide variety of tunes to keep people on their feet.

"We play music of many styles, so we'll do cha-cha, swing, merengue, tango, polka," Alduino said. "These people come to dance, and they want to dance to all the sounds of the big band."

Once those songs play and the floor fills up, the rest is history.

"You can tell by looking at their faces they're enjoying this a great deal, and it's the music that pretty much they grew up with," said Alduino.

The Blue Velvet Big Band will be back in action in the coming months, playing at events and shows all over Broome County.

Cal Dymowski

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