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At 74, Gypsy Phillips is still belly dancing

On certain mornings at the Northborough Senior Center, an interesting mingling of sounds echoes through the dining area. Music that’s a combination of early American hip-hop and Middle Eastern beats is punctuated by jangles from belly dancers shaking their hips.

This is a class for seniors led by 74-year-old Gypsy Phillips, a Northborough resident who began teaching belly dancing shortly after taking her first lesson decades ago. Phillips said she was 36, and needed exercise after the birth of her last child. The instructor was 40 years old.

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