So you think you can't dance? Don’t be so sure. Quin Bommelje was 58 and watching Dancing with the Stars when she decided that she wanted to learn to dance. She and her husband Rick, a professor at Rollins, enrolled in a beginner’s class at Arthur Murray. By all accounts they were both terrible. (Learn more about that story here.)
But Quin, who is now 70, has discovered a passion and a talent that she had no idea existed. Today, she and her partner Misha are one of the top dance teams in the world and Quin is competing against and beating dancers -- some young enough to be her grandchildren.
Quin and Misha kicked off the 2017 Del Webb Sunbridge Growing Bolder® Awards, presented by Senior Resource Alliance and the Winter Park Health Foundation, with a stunning performance, taking the stage to kick off this celebration of men and women who are smashing stereotypes and confronting ageism.
Meet the Winners of the 2017 Growing Bolder Awards:
There was nothing OLD and everything BOLD about the second annual Growing Bolder Awards. We shined the spotlight on local seniors who, as valuable members of our community, are pursuing their passions and living lives of purpose while making a difference in the lives of others.
There is a rapidly growing number of men and women in every community in America who are living longer than they had planned. They are outliving their money and the result is devastating. One in six older adults goes to bed hungry every night and waiting lists for programs like Meals and Wheels are growing daily.
The 2017 BOLDYs® benefit the Senior Resource Alliance in Central Florida.