Adah Knapstad likes to dance up a storm, even if she is 86 years old.
"At my age, I gotta keep moving," she said. "And I've always loved to dance."
The Kennewick woman will take part in the Showcase Gala, presented by Tri-City dance instructor Beth Trost, on March 31 at the Shufflers Shanty Dance Hall, 717 N. Irving St., Kennewick.
The event is open to everyone and will feature demonstrations in ballroom, swing, Latin and country dance.
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Demonstrations are from 3 to 5:30 p.m. with an evening of open dance from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Spectator fee for the daytime event is $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Evening dance admission is $5. Call 586-7609 or go to www.dancebybethtrost.com for more information or to purchase advance tickets.
Knapstad, widowed for eight years, has been dancing since she was a child, when her parents frequently would take her barn dances.
She gave up dancing when she married because her husband didn't dance.
Once her five children were grown, she decided to start dancing again.
But instead of ballroom, folk, square and other dance moves that require a partner, Knapstad decided to stay focused on line dancing, and now a little samba as well.
Though samba normally is a dance for couples, Trost said she couldn't gather enough male dancers for the Showcase to feature the popular samba dance but had plenty of women interested in it.
So, she designated a group of women dancers for the event who would use all the normal samba moves but perform them as a group, sort of like line dancing. And that's what got Knapstad interested.
"It contains authentic samba moves such as the whisk, samba basic and bota voga," Trost said. "The women will dance the steps using various formations that will appear like a line dance at times."
Knapstad confessed that any time there is dancing being offered that doesn't require a partner, she will jump right in and take part.
"I've danced with the Seasoned Steppers and the International Folk Dancers in Richland for years," she said. "But I prefer line dancing now because you don't need a partner."
Trost welcomes dancers of all ages and skills levels.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; email@example.com