CLEARFIELD -- Darlene Hall, 84 years young, was all decked out in her long evening gown, sparkling jewelry and matching shoes as she danced on the temporary wooden floor.
"I have been dancing since I was a teenager. Anytime I can dance I dance," Hall said. "I went to so many dances. I have danced in Cuba, in Taiwan, and San Diego."
Her husband, Harvey Hall, spent 25 years in the Navy so the couple traveled the world and sought out places to dance wherever they lived.
Now a widow, Darlene still loves to dance and does so every opportunity she gets.
"The waltz is my favorite and I love to jitterbug," she said.
The spring dance at Chancellor Gardens Assisted Living Center was a special one as Air Force Reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing volunteered to put on their dress uniforms and dancing shoes to dance with the residents.
"Our residents just love to dance but sometimes we run a little short on dancing partners for some of the ladies," said Jody Cope, activity director at the center.
Jacob Heaton and his dad Richard Heaton walked into the dance area as Hall glanced up. She walked over to greet them and said, "I have been waiting for you."
Soon, she and reservist Jacob Heaton were out on the dance floor dancing to the music of a live dance band furnished by Reliance Health Care.
"Some of our residents have fond memories of dancing with their military husbands or boyfriends during the WWII era," said Cope.
Connie Rae rolled her eyes as she thought of the dance she enjoyed with a young uniformed man.
"I was having a great time," Rae said. "When you work on a farm, live on a farm you spend your life on a farm.
"This is really fun. Oh, it is fantastic! I haven't been squeezed in years. This young man dancing with me squeezed me," she said with a grin on her face.
Rae had also been dancing with Jacob Heaton, one of several uniformed Air Force reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing.
For 419th volunteer Master Sgt. Richard Heaton, this wasn't the first time he has shown up at a dance to be a partner for those who needed one.
"I used to do this back in Illinois. I would dance with widows. We did mostly waltzes and polkas. They would light up like Christmas trees when we would walk in," Richard Heaton explained.
When he learned about this event, Richard Heaton said he was reminded of his younger years and the tradition he had taken part in with his buddies.
"I like the smiles," he said.
Now his son Jacob was enjoying following in his dad's footsteps.
"I remember Dad telling me stories about stopping at a dance hall on his way home. They taught him how to dance. I liked the sound of that so I wanted to learn to dance so I could make somebody's night better. It's fun," Jacob Heaton said.
Resident Terry Jessop sat in his wheelchair beating out the time to the music. He is in the center for rehabilitation from double knee surgery so he couldn't stand up and dance.
"I love to dance. I did ballroom dancing at Ricks College, Dixie and at Brigham Young University and I taught with Arthur Murray," said Jessop, who has also choreographed Broadway shows.
Jessop asked Rhonda Barbee who was also in a wheelchair to dance.
"It is the first time I have danced in a wheelchair. That was really something. We usually just play pinochle. It was fun," Bardee said.
When the dance ended Hall said, "It was wonderful. Whenever I can dance, I have a great time."