• Fundamentals for Fun at Fifty-Five

    1. Dare to try new things

    2. Say yes to opportunities

    3. Relax, smile, dance away your worries

    4. If not now, when?

    5. Just do it (you can analyze later)

  • Discounts for Fifty-Five +

    Golden Griddle Restaurant - 10% discount (excluding alcohol)
    Shoppers Drug Mart - 20% discount on Thursdays
    Zellers - 20% discount first Monday of month
    Thrifty Rental - 5% off time and mileage
    Best Western - 10% off room rates
    Sandman Hotels - 25% off room rates
    Howard Johnson Hotels - 10% off room rates

  • Fifty-Five is …

    fabulous, fanciful, fancy-free, fantastic, far-out, fashionable, fearless, feisty, fiery, fine, flamboyant, flashy, flattering, flirtatious, folksy, forthright, fortunate, foxy, frank, free, fresh, friendly, frivolous, fulsome, fun, funky, funny
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I must have had Spanish ancestors. Years ago, when I lived in Spain, I felt at home. The language, culture, music, food seemed as familiar as my own heartbeat. I fell in love, with the country, the people … and one young man in particular. The personal romance didn’t last, but the delight with all things Spanish continues to give my life meaning.

Flamenco music (guitar, percussion, voice) has always spoken to my soul. Nearly a decade ago, I also started learning to dance flamenco. I love its many challenges (intricate footwork, unusual rhythms), and the way it pushes me to strive for ever greater levels of excellence. Our dance troupe, Sol y Sombra, performs in various places during the year. There’s nothing more exciting for me, than donning ruffled flamenco dresses in bold colours, pulling hair back and adding a bright flower, and sharing my passion for dance with an audience.

In my element ...

Last week, we went to see a performance by the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company. Esmeralda is legendary for the quality of her dancers, the uniqueness of costumes and choreography as well as the brilliance of the musicians. She began her dance company 30 years ago and is touring this year in celebration.

As always, the evening was inspiring. As a dancer, I watched the footwork, trying to pick up the intricacies of the moves, and the arm and hand movements (making mental notes of what to focus on when I go back to the studio to practice). But mostly, I was mesmerized by Esmeralda herself, a petite dynamo with a sleek physique who dances as if she’s fifteen years old (she’ll only admit to being over fifty). I watched her flexibility and agility and reminded myself that age doesn’t need to be a limiting factor.

I’m revved up and ready to go for another flamenco season! Thanks for the inspiration, Esmeralda!

For those interested in seeing more, the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company will be performing on May 11 at 8 p.m. at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. Definitely an evening to remember!

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  1. You Go Girl….guapa!


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  • Julie Wise is …

    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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