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N.B. high school grads hold hangar dance to show appreciation for seniors

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WATCH ABOVE: Seniors in greater Moncton are getting their dancing shoes ready to attend a good old fashioned hangar dance this weekend being hosted by graduating high school students who want to reach out and connect with seniors. Global's Shelley Steeves reports – Nov 2, 2016

Grad students at Harrison Trimble High School in Moncton are learning how to swing dance this week, preparing to host an old fashioned hanger dance this weekend to show support and appreciation for seniors in the community.

“We just host this dance and it’s free for seniors and they can come and do some swing dance and get some snacks and stuff and interact with out generation,” said Grade 12 student Victoria MacBeath.

MacBeath says the dance is modeled after big band hangar dances that were held back in the 1940s, during World War II.

“I am really excited to interact with that older generation kind of see what they used to be like when they were younger cause it definitely brings out their younger side,” she said.

The students have spent the last few weeks learning how to swing dance during their noon-hour breaks so they can dance alongside the seniors.

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“We are getting the steps down, but it’s a little bit harder than it looks” said Noah Graves.

Eighty-eight-year-old Ralph Marks from Dieppe is getting his dancing shoes ready to hit the dance floor for the second year in a row.

“The kids they dress professionally, the girls are all dressed up and the boys are all dressed up, sometimes it makes me wish that I was young like that again,” Marks said.

“When someone like that that is younger and they they appreciate us,” Marks said, “It feels good.”

The dance is being held at the Northrop Frye School on Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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