About 70 people filled the Harker Heights Activities Center on Friday evening for the Line Dance Round Up hosted by the senior recreation program.

Dancers from all over Central Texas performed a combination of spins, kicks and hand gestures to the many songs played.

“We dance for two hours, then eat and dance more,” said Lori Michele Mansfield, a line-dance teacher in Killeen and Copperas Cove. “We do intermediate and easy line dancing, and we split the groups on the dance floor.”

Diana Kirby began line dancing five years ago and quickly advanced from a beginner to an instructor.

“I have a dance background and I have been dancing my whole life,” she said. “So it was just something I needed to do to stay in shape that I would enjoy. This doesn’t only exercise the body, but the mind, and that’s what will keep us young.”

But line dancing also has its share of challenges, said Miriam Bockin of Salado.

“The steps are very structured and you really have to know it to dance and go along with the beat of the music,” she said. “I love line dancing because it’s very easy on my joints, and I love the music, as it raises your endorphin level and makes you feel good.”

The roundup was the first Harker Heights line-dance event for some of the dancers who have met in Georgetown for more than a decade.

Athalie Southard said line dancing is fun and good for the body.

“We build great friendships and line dancing is the bug that bites … once you get into it, you want to keep going,” she said, adding that line dancing is good for women who are single or widows or whose husbands don’t care to dance.

The senior recreation program offers line dancing at 10 a.m. every Tuesday at Heights Recreation Center, 307 Miller’s Crossing.

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