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    Holland, Michigan
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    Ottawa County - Dancing in Grand Haven on the boardwalk


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Grand Haven, Michigan, resident Grace Farr Stanton enjoys going to weekly waterfront dances during the summer. “I love dancing and music and being outdoors, and what could be nicer than doing all three and in such a beautiful setting as the boardwalk along the Grand River?” asked the 74-year-old retiree, who filmed this video. Her submission was uploaded on her behalf by Kristina Wieghmink, Communications Specialist at Ottawa County Department of Public Health.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    My name is Grace Farr Stanton. I’m a resident of Grand Haven – a city in Ottawa County, Michigan. Ottawa County has been nationally recognized three times this year as being among the healthiest, safest and most pleasant areas in which to live.

    People come from miles around (Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland) to enjoy this summer treat. Featured in this video is a group of special needs young adults, who came from their camping experience at nearby Grand Valley State University.

    Several of the regular dancers mingled and danced with the guests; all of whom were obviously having a most enjoyable time.

    Dancing opportunities are plentiful in our community. Whether one’s preference is ball room, line dancing, country, zumba, tai chi and even belly dancing – it’s here in Ottawa County. Not only does dance have the physical advantage of exercise, the social interactions are most beneficial.

    There are weekly Boot Scooter parties and pubs with dance combos, especially on weekends. The Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging is one of the venues for classes in tai chi, zumba, belly dancing, tap, etc. Perhaps, the most pleasant dances of the year are the Wednesday Waterfront Dances held along the Grand Haven City waterfront during the summer months of June, July, and August.

    The Grand River is a tranquilizing backdrop as boats and kayaks glide by. Great musicians play in the band shell and offer a variety of tunes for listening and dancing, anywhere from swing to tango, fox trots, waltzes, polkas and line dancing. The bleachers at the dancing area are connected to a two mile boardwalk route along the Grand River, where locals and visitors are accustomed to walking on the pier.
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