Senior citizens like 84-year-old Sylvia Moore were transformed into hula dancers from the tropical Hawaiian Islands on May 28 in Decatur.
“I dance on three speeds: slow, slower and stop, so I know I have some nerve entering a dance competition,” said Moore, who lives in Lithonia. “Everyone looks so beautiful in all these different colors and I look forward to meeting some seniors who are active like myself.”
Moore won the hula dance competition where she took home a $25 Barnes & Noble gift certificate and other goodies for being the best at “shaking her groove thing,” island style.
About 100 seniors from Lithonia, Stone Mountain, Chamblee and other parts of the metro area, visited the DeKalb County Central Library to learn the hula from a Polynesian dancer, rock out to drum groups and didgeridoo music as part of DeKalb County’s 4th Annual Senior Celebration, “Hawaii 5.5.”
“I’ve been in this room a lot over the years like one time I was in here with almost 200 little preschoolers and I’ve never seen more excitement in this room than what I just saw from these seniors,” said Alison Weissinger, director of the DeKalb County Public Library System. “I hope that our seniors keep coming back because we will continue to offer services especially for them.”
Paying homage to the classic television show, Hawaii 5.0, seniors donned Hawaiian clothing and were greeted with leis when they entered. Seniors were also treated to a free tropical lunch of pineapple chicken, white rice and a colorful mango and corn salsa.
One of the performers at the event, Emma Salahuddin, who is 66, said everyone had a great time at the annual event.
“We had a blast. We were thrilled
to be a part of this party and help celebrate some active, festive seniors in our communi
ty,” said Salahuddin, who performed as a part of the six-member female drum group, ConunDrums. “I think it’s safe to say we all had a great time enjoying each other.”