A RETIRED couple are starting their own business after being bitten by the dancing bug.
Airth duo Robert and Linda Booden say that, a few years ago, they had four left feet between them and would never have dreamed that they would one day become instructors.
Now, after qualifying with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, they say that dancing has made a massive difference to their lives.
And their new hobby is now turning into a new business venture which they say is their way of spreading the secret of sequence dancing and bringing it to a community that doesn’t know it exists.
Robert (65) said: “Dancing is now something we do every day; we can’t image our lives without it.
“I can’t over emphasise how good it is for you – there are so many benefits.
“It keeps you active, both physically and mentally, and there’s a big social plus.
“We decided to start our own classes, mainly because we want more people to enjoy what we are doing.
“There’s a bit of a mystery that surrounds social dancing, so we want more people to discover it.”
Married for almost 10 years, the couple’s dancing routine started when they both retired three years ago.
Robert said: “We were looking for something that we could do together in our retirement and we stumbled upon the Wednesday morning tea dance at the Mariner Centre.
“We weren’t dancers at all – we had four left feet actually – but we were attracted to the social scene.
“We never knew it existed, but there’s pensioners dancing their socks off all over Scotland and there’s a big social scene.”
The Boodens started to take their hobby more seriously when they went on a dancing holiday to Morecombe in February 2009.
Robert said: “We were told that, if we wanted to take it further, we would really need to go to a qualified teacher.”
The couple took the advice and started to work with professionals throughout Falkirk, Perth, Paisley and Linlithgow and progressed to dancing almost every day.
And the next time they took part in a dancing holiday they were approached about becoming teachers and leaders themselves.
Robert said: “From then, we started to train intensively and in June we sat our exams and passed.”
Sequence dancing is a close relative to ballroom dancing.
All the steps are common to both, but, in sequence, each dance is scripted into 16 bars and everyone dances them simultaneously.
The Boodens’ classes will run every Tuesday between 7.30 and 9.30 p.m. in the Ellwyn Function Suite, Newlands Road, Grangemouth.