Fleet Of Feet

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TThe High Steppers, the Payson Senior Center’s resident line-dancing crew, celebrated Thanksgiving by shaking a leg just as they’ve been doing at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for the past 10 years.

To join in on the fun, or for holiday performance-schedule information, call Doris Lemmage (above, third from left) at 474-2339.

Line dancing as it is known today evolved from “Contra” dances (men on one side, women on the other) that were popular among New Englanders in the early 1800s. And Contra dances are believed to have evolved from ancient African and Native American dances.

The first line-dancing craze to hit the U.S. came in the 1940s, thanks to dances like “The Stroll.” And the second was launched by the 1978 John Travolta movie musical “Grease,” which in one scene repackaged “The Stroll” and made it new all over again.

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