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Sept. 7, 2007

Registration under way for Osher ballroom dance class

Enrollment remains open for a ballroom dance course being offered to older adults through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Iowa Center on Aging.

"Shall We Dance?" will be held every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for eight weeks beginning Sept. 19. Classes will be held at Wickham Elementary School, 601 Oakdale Blvd. in Coralville. The cost is $55 per person.

Long-time dance instructor Paul Davis will teach the different forms of ballroom dance, including the waltz, rumba, tango and cha-cha, as well as the history of ballroom dance, costuming, where people can use their skills and more. Dance partners are not required to enroll.

OLLI courses provide unique learning opportunities for all adults age 50 and older. There are no education or experience requirements to enroll, and there are no course tests or grades.

"Shall We Dance?" is one of several OLLI courses available this fall. Detailed course descriptions, course fees and registration information are available online at For a free brochure on the OLLI fall schedule, contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is a program of the Center on Aging and is affiliated with the national network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation. There are currently 115 Osher institutes in 48 states. For more information, visit

The UI Center on Aging fosters and supports interdisciplinary research, education and service throughout the campus and state to improve understanding of the aging process and the health and well being of older people. For more information, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,; Writer: Brandy Huseman