Learning to tap is crossed off his bucket list, but that doesn’t mean he is stopping!

Wade Davick Tap DancerAt 79 years young, Wade Davick is tappin’ his troubles away on Tuesday nights in Jessica Dienger’s, Teen & Adult Tap Class at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. Davick who is also a part-time Pastor at the Central Lutheran Church in Winona, says that he joined the class four sessions ago because he has always been enamored with tap and wanted to cross it off his bucket list! He has found the experience so satisfying that he keeps coming back!

According to an article on everydayhealth.com resounding benefits of participating in dance include: boost in memory, improved flexibility, reduced stress, diminished depression, decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, weight loss, better balance, and increased energy.

Whether you haven’t taken a dance class in 20 years, take a class regularly or you have never even danced a step, MCA has a class for you to have fun and reap the benefits. Davick has great advice; “just do it!” If anyone wants to take his advice MCA has a new session of classes starting January that welcomes adults (see current Adult Dance & Wellness programs here) to check out Tap, Dance Conditioning, Ballet, Irish Dance and new starting in Jan. our Silver Slippers Dance class, which is designed just for adults 55+ who are starting out or returning to dance after a hiatus. Students enjoy a variety of movement styles including ballet, yoga, and creative movement that help gain mobility, strength and balance in a motivating and inspiring environment.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, a nonprofit organization, offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered forages 18mo. to adult at the Valéncia Arts Center, corner of 10th and Vila Streets, Winona. For more information go online

to www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org , email mca@smumn.edu, or call 507.453.5500.

Source: “9 Health Benefits of Dance” by Madeline Knight