Prescott resident Sue Chambers still tapping at 90
PRESCOTT - Age makes no difference in dancing, according to tap-dancer Sue Chambers.
Chambers, who turns 90 this month, began tap-dancing in her 70s and said she is still learning new moves.
"I don't think you're ever too old," Chambers said. "There are too many people around that are still dancing and are older than me. It's one of the nicest ways to exercise there is. It's fun, there's companionship, there's music and, according to my doctor, it's one of the best things I can do."
Chambers dances with Summer's DanceWorks, located at 843 Miller Valley Road, and has been a fixture there since 2000, according to studio owner and instructor Summer Hinton.
Chambers also danced at the Prescott Adult Center and said she has enjoyed tap-dancing most of her life, but never learned it until later in life.
"I've always wanted to tap, but we could never afford the lessons so I never did it. I ballroom danced," Chambers said. "I like the footwork as opposed to the hands and learning new, timed steps. I love the studio. We have a teacher with a lot of patience. Summer's attitude is the same whether you're 3-years-old or 90."
Chambers is currently learning two different dance routines, which she said helps keep her mind sharp.
"It has to go to my head, to my toes, and to the music," she said.
Besides dancing, Chambers keeps busy in her yard, nearly an acre in size, and volunteers for the American Legion. She also exercises regularly and takes Yoga classes. Chambers volunteered for the Prescott Police Department for 14 years and also was a volunteer for the Smoki Museum. She first moved to the area in 1987.
"I get around town," Chambers said.
Hinton said she has dancers as young as 3-years-old, and other dancers in their 80s at the Prescott studio. She opened her dance studio in 2008, but has taught in the community for nearly 20 years. Hinton called Chambers one of her most energetic dancers.
"Sue is proof-positive you're never too young to start dancing. It's good exercise," Hinton said. "Whether you're young or older, tap dancing and any kind of dancing is good mental exercise. You have to remember the combinations and how to execute them."
In 2012, Chambers danced at Disneyland with other performers from Summer's studio.
"Last year she was a young 89-years-old. One of the workers at Disneyland found out how old she was and they made her an honorary citizen," Hinton said. "Sue is the best inspiration for all of us. All of the younger ladies say they want to be like Sue when they reach her age. I can't even keep up with her. She just painted her entire house herself. The world should have more Sues."
More information on Summer's DanceWorks can be found online at www.summersdanceworks.com.