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Dance series aims to bring crowds to their feet

Old Songs hosts monthly gatherings featuring simple moves and a social element

Paul Rosenberg, in orange, is pictured leading a dance in 2010 during the kickoff for a different community dance series at a Delmar church.

Paul Rosenberg, in orange, is pictured leading a dance in 2010 during the kickoff for a different community dance series at a Delmar church. Spotlight file photo

— Dancing isn’t everyone’s favorite activity, but one local man bets he can get even the most reluctant of dancers off the sideline and moving in no time.

Paul Rosenberg, of Homespun Community Dancing, has led community dances for more than 25 years. Still, Rosenberg will admit he wasn’t the most outgoing dancer until he found his calling.

“For me, who was a very shy person about dance, I was so scared I would hide in bathrooms at weddings when the music would start,” he said. “The thing that is great about the community dance is that anybody can do it from age 4 to 94. You can go at your own pace, and when you go at your own pace, you are part of the community.”

Last month, Old Songs in Voorheesville kicked off its 2013-14 Community Dance series, which is held monthly on the first Saturday through May. Rosenberg, who helps organize the series, will be calling the Dec. 7 dance featuring FireFlies, and people will be able to learn various dance styles, from contras to squares. At each dance there is a “covered dish supper” at 6 p.m., with the music lasting from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $8.

“It is very good for the community because we offer something that nobody else offers in the community,” Andy Spence, executive director of Old Songs, said. “It is to have a good time and get out of the house on a Saturday night and get some exercise.”

Rosenberg said around two years ago he started “testing the waters” for interest by hosting dances at the Delmar Reformed Church. He also earns his living by calling an estimated 200 dances annually.

“The whole idea for this dance series grew out of the tremendous success we have had … playing at private parties, events and celebrations,” he said.

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