DIGITAL ORIGINAL: Local woman using dance to help physical, mental health

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A local woman is showing others how dancing can help not only your physical body but your mental health. 

Kay Ford is a mental health therapist in Little Rock. She started swing dancing at the Little Rock Bop Club after her divorce left her feeling mentally broken. 

The club meets every Wednesday night from 7 pm – 10 pm.

However, it was the rhythm she felt in her feet and music that vibrated in her soul that she says gave her back the strength to move on and be stronger. 

“It’s given me the social skills to be able to present myself and not to be conscious of how I am moving. It’s like dance like nobody is watching. Because it doesn’t really matter,” says Ford.

Ford says swing dancing gave her the inner confidence she needed and reminded her of what was important.

The Little Rock Bop Club has been around for more than 25 years. The group dances to East Coast swing, West Coast swing, the Hustle, line dances, the Cha-Cha, Waltz and other dances. 

Ford says no need to bring a partner as everyone dances with everyone. Their oldest member is 95-years-old.  

The club dances every Wednesday night from 7 pm – 10 pm at ‘The Ballroom’ on 1300 North Shackleford.

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