WELLSBORO — Kerry and Janet Gyekis are leading Dancing for Health, free dance dates for singles and couples.

The dancing dates are 6:30-8 p.m. once a month from January through April in the old Wellsboro High School auditorium, which is housed in the administration building. Dates are Thursdays, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 19 and April 9. Participants should enter through the back door, number 11, of the administration building. If the auditorium is in use for a school function, Dancing for Health will be held at the middle school cafeteria.

Sponsored by the Wellsboro Parks & Recreation Department, Dancing for Health opens with a mini lesson, approximately 15 minutes, and instruction will be provided for those who want it throughout the evening.

“We will try to play an assortment of ballroom music from rock and roll to Big Band, including steps from East Coast swing, fox trot, waltz, cha cha, hustle, rumba, tango and salsa,” wrote the couple in a promotional flier. “The idea here is to provide a fun and learning night for people of all abilities and ages.”

The Gyekis first got involved with dancing in 2006, when Kerry Gyekis had to hang up his gi after 30 years of karate. They attended a ballroom dance class as a way to stay active and do something together. They discovered that dance challenged them not only physically, but mentally and offered a social interaction with others.

Dance, said Kerry Gyekis, benefits the heart, muscles, joints, spine and respiratory system. It provides a sense of accomplishment, improves confidence and posture. It also challenges dancers mentally as they learn the steps for each style of dance and also respond to the partner’s cues.

Dancing for Health is free; pre-registration is not required to participate. For more information, call Kerry and Janet Gyekis at 570-439-5720.