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Dancing into your golden years

From tango to ballroom, dancing in your golden years is great for body and soul

Anne Atherling views herself as an unofficial promoter of dance for the past two decades in the Boston area. She looks back with modest joy on her years coordinating National Ballroom Dance Week, cofounding the Massachusetts Ballroom Dancers Association and the Tango Society of Boston, and renting huge halls for an annual dance bash to ring in her birthday.

But at 81, Atherling is far from sidelined. She still dances five nights a week and twice on Sundays, focusing mostly on the sexy Argentine tango. She struts her stuff at dance studios and halls in Somerville, Cambridge, Brookline, Medford, and at dance clubs at MIT and Harvard University.

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