TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa grandmother is defying the odds by ballroom dancing at the at of 94. She doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.
Judith Baizan is gliding, twirling and sliding on a regular basis and loving every minute of it.
“Just get up and do it, it definitely keeps you young, there is a thrill in it, there is a challenge in it, and there are lots of studies that shows dancing is the best way to exercise,” said Baizan.
For the past 13 years, she has been dancing with instructor Roy Stone at Lavelle Hall. He said Baizan has been an inspiration to anyone who ever thought about stepping on a dance floor.
“60, 70, 80 even 90 don’t be afraid to dance, because if you can walk you can dance,” said Stone.
When asked what her favorite type of dance was, Baizan named them all. She said it’s not about the choreography, it’s about the passion.
“That’s the way to brighten up life, and just make your blood run and feel better, it’s the joy of living,” said Baizan. “My knees are still working, my feet are still working, and I’m ready to go the next year and the year after that.”
She will be spreading that joy during a live performance Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at The Friday Morning Musicale in Hyde Park.