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Baby boomers turning to competitive ballroom dancing

LOWELL — Out on the competitive ballroom dance floor, you’ve got 90 seconds or less to prove your grace and your mettle. For a group of baby boomers who started competing just in the last three years, the pressure is intense. And they love it.

“You have to want it badly. You have to love every minute, and you have to have a competitive drive,” says Bette Bissonnette, 64. She entered her first pro-am competition, in which only the amateur is judged, in late 2010.

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