AN ELDERLY dancing couple are still going strong more than 60 years after they first took to the floor.
Jean and Ron Powell first danced together as teenagers and were married eight years later.
And 62 years later the couple have an unbreakable dancing partnership.
They became professional dance teachers after qualifying in 1973 and despite retiring more than a decade ago, Jean and Ron, of Hawarden Road, Hope, still hold a dance class once a week and donate all proceeds to charity.
Ron, 81, decided to donate theFather-of-four Ron said: “We’ve danced since Jean was 14 and then for many years before we decided to turn professional and
just took it from there.
“It was all for the love of dancing.
“We did little competitions and then we decided we were getting older and it was pointless trying to get into competitions at our age so we decided to turn professional and teach.”
The couple formed JAR dance group and taught ballroom and latin dance for a number of years.
They enjoyed a successful career as teachers, and qualified as fellow members with the Allied Dancing Association in 1977 and with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) in 1979.
When they retired Jean, 76, and Ron, 81, decided to donate the proceeds of their class, held on Fridays at at Penyffordd War Memorial Hall, to Riding for the
Disabled Association and the Air Ambulance.
Ron said: “We do this to keep our hand in really.
“Our graddaughter Kiri works for Riding for the Disabled and asked if we could do anything to raise funds and dancing was the only way we could so we started doing
“We are going to do this for as long as possible – we won’t stop until they tie us down.”
Ron said the couple had raised £500 for the RDA and £300 for the Air Ambulance this year, and would be presenting the groups with a cheque after the class’s
He added: “We have been down [to the riding centre] a few times and when you see these kids climbing on the horses it is like their face changes, and they get a big smile.
“They do great work and so does the Air Ambulance.”
The class is set to reconvene on Friday, September 6,at 7pm.