KAYSVILLE -- "Straight to my lover's heart for me," square dance caller Mark Livingston sang as the ladies' full skirts and petticoats swished to the beat of the music.
The Kaysville Komets were dancing for Valentine's Day at Autumn Glow Senior Activity Center on Tuesday.
The group dances at the center each week, and most of the members belong to other square dance groups so they can dance several times a week.
"Most of us do it for the physical and mental activity and the social interaction," said Livingston, a Syracuse resident and president of the Kaysville Komets.
Dressed in pink and red, the members celebrated Valentine's Day by dancing and socializing with others in the club.
Mary Grimaud, of Kaysville, started the dance club three years ago because she loves to dance.
"I wanted someplace to square dance. I didn't want to go so far," she said.
"I called Mark to see if he would call for us, then it spread by word of mouth."
The club began with only one square but has grown to five squares.
Livingston agreed to be the caller for the club but doubted he would be doing it for very long.
"I thought, 'There is no way this group is going to last,' and here it is three years later," he said.
"It started with 13 people," he recalled.
Livingston's wife, Anna Marie, is at his side helping with the equipment and supporting him as he calls. But she also dances at each event.
"I know both the boy's part and the girl's part," she said. "It is good exercise, and it is good for the mind."
The Kaysville Komets dancers range in age from 58 to 91-year-old Doug Smith, of Roy.
Smith has no plans to stop.
"It is good exercise. It keeps your brain and body active. There is no better exercise," he said.
"It is a good activity for couples and especially for us older people."
Betty Duncan, who began dancing 18 years ago after the death of her husband, said square dancing "gave me another life. I have a lot of fun, and I don't sit home and feel sorry for myself."
"Some friends invited me to join. I have a lot more fun now than I did when I was a kid."
Duncan is a member of eight square dance clubs that meet weekly, and she teaches line dancing at Golden Years Senior Activity Center in Bountiful.
Those interested in learning to square dance or those who are rusty but want to begin dancing again may call Anna Marie Livingston at 801-737-2803.