“Dance,” Martha Graham once said, “is the hidden language of the soul.”
That language spoke loudly and clearly to more than 100 residents of Riverview Towers last Sunday night, Oct. 19, as they were treated to a demonstration by four dancers from the Arthur Murray Studio, performing a range of moves from cha-cha to tango to the hustle.
The lively evening, which included a dessert buffet and a Chinese auction, was sponsored by Fern and Steve Schwartz and Laurie and Irwin Grossman in memory of their parents, Betty and Bob Grossman, who lived at the senior apartment community until they passed away in 2008.
The Schwartzes and the Grossmans sponsor an event at Riverview each year for the residents, according to Fern Schwartz, just to “make them feel good and have a good time.”
“My mother was sad that so many people at Riverview never get out,” Schwartz said. “So we decided we would just do a party for the residents there.”
While the residents did not join in the dancing, they appreciated watching the pros and were not shy about asking questions concerning such things as the various elements of swing dance and the difference between the Argentine tango and the North American tango, Schwartz said.
“They really, really enjoyed it,” said Phyllis Cohen, associate director of Riverview Towers, adding that the event was held in “The View,” the new multipurpose room at the facility.
The residents’ admission to the event was underwritten by Robin and Howard Elson.
“It was fabulous,” Schwartz said. “My mom and dad would have been proud.”Toby Tabachnick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.