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Reasons to Dance reminded Jean of going to the dancing
Reasons to Dance reminded Jean of going to the dancing
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Jean Cain has enjoyed more than a few steps down Memory Lane recently.

The 73-year-old is taking part in ‘Reasons to Dance’ - a National Theatre of Scotland project that asked for people’s memories of dancing.

Jean’s memories go from ballet classes in the 1940s to Sea Cadet dances on Tobermory pier in the seventies.

In between, she vividly recalls community dances in Dalgrain Hall and a Saturday youth club dance in Kerse Church.

“School dances could be fun, but you always got paired up with someone and it wasn’t always the one you wanted to be with,” she remembers.

She was also a regular at the Leapark’s Saturday club dances which were run every week to benefit a different local group.

“It didn’t matter who they held the dance for,” she says. “The same crowd went every week!”

In the 1950s, Jean thought nothing of travelling to Glasgow, to dance in venues like the Plaza Eglinton Toll or the famous Barrowland Ballroom.

She’d dye her hair to match her dress – often to her boss’s ire the next morning.

To get home, she’d hop on a milk train from Central Station at 2.30 a.m., then walk down the canal to Grangemouth, never dreaming there would be trouble. “Usually, you had your shoes in your hand. You didn’t notice the sore feet when you were dancing!”