GLENDALE, Calif. — Every Thursday starting at about 2 p.m. you’ll find a line of people waiting to get into one of the rooms at the adult recreation center in Glendale.
Each person pays a $2 donation and most of them are seniors like Noli Cruz.
“I come here to exercise and to socialize,” Cruz said. He drives from his home in Downtown Los Angeles to Glendale every Thursday so he can dance, and he’s pretty good.
“Yeah, I practice in my room, I’m all by myself, I’ve got all the time to practice there,” Cruz said.
He practices his moves so he can show them off here. He hasn’t missed a dance in Glendale in two years.
Cruz attends other senior dances in the area, but he said this one is his favorite because everyone has the same goal, to get up and move to the music.
He's definitely not shy about asking people to dance, just don’t ask him his age.
“I never tell anyone my age," he said. "I feel young anyway.”
The senior dance is organized by a group called the Glendale Senior Mixers. They’ve been holding the event at the adult recreation center since the 90s.
“No miss! No miss! Excluding if they close the place,” said Pazita Buenavidez, one of the organizers.
All the money collected pays for the DJ and some refreshments. The music varies from cambia to ballroom and even line dancing.
Each time, the dance floor is full of seniors all the way until about 4:30 p.m. when it’s time to go home. For Cruz, it’s time to start practicing his moves for next week.