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Dancing brings couple together

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This sweet lady found 'Mr. Right' on the dance floor at the Dyersburg Activity Center. Here, Emily dances with her husband, Steve Wright, shortly before he is released from the Highlands Physical Therapy program.
Steve and Emily Wright of Newbern know firsthand that laughter is a powerful medicine.

The fun-loving couple, who have been married for eight years, began their courtship on the dance floor after they each lost a spouse of over 50 years. Recently, they performed a farewell dance for residents of the Highlands of Dyersburg to celebrate Steve's graduation from physical therapy.

"It was precious," said Highlands Director of Marketing Tiffany Brimm.

The Wrights met at a monthly seniors dance class Steve led at the Dyersburg Activity Center. It didn't take long for the two to connect and choose to spend the rest of their lives in each other's arms.

"We met dancing," said Steve. "I used to go to the old boogie barn at Four Points and then I did a Tuesday afternoon dance class, helping those that couldn't dance good or couldn't dance at all. She was trying to improve her dancing and so I helped her with it."

"He is a very good dancer," said Emily.

Steve and Emily Wright take a turn around the Highlands cafeteria to the song they first danced to at their wedding eight years ago. The couple first met at a seniors' dance class after they each lost a spouse of over 50 years. In November, the couple took to the dance floor once again in a farewell performance to celebrate Steve's graduation from the Highlands physical therapy program. Steve is now back at home, where the two are enjoying their time together.
"I called her up one evening and asked her what she was doing," said Steve. "When she said, 'Nothing.' I said, 'I'm coming over to see you.' She didn't believe me until I knocked on her door."

"I wish I had a picture of what you looked like, standing there," said Emily.

The Wrights married on Aug. 21, 2004.

At the reception, they took to the dance floor again. As Tracy Byrd crooned "Keeper of the Stars", the Wrights spun around the dance floor for the first time as husband and wife.

The DAC dance crowd dwindled and the program failed to pay for itself, giving Steve no choice but to cancel the classes. Since then, both Emily and Steve have had knee-replacement surgery. Other health issues have also prevented the couple from dancing.

A recent illness had Steve in the hospital, followed by a stay at the Highlands for physical therapy.

"I was anemic," said Steve. "Dr. Haynes sent me to the hospital to get some blood. They gave me two units and said I was full -- that was all I could hold. From there, I went to the Highlands. Once she heard we met dancing, JoAnn Parker would have nothing else but that we would dance before I left."

"They even gave me a corsage," said Emily.

"We haven't danced in years," said Steve. "But we did fine."

Steve Wright poses with his diploma and employees of the Highland Rehab Department. Before Highlands officials released him, JoAnn Parker and the Highlands staff organized a special event for the Wrights. The couple danced for residents of the facility to the song played at their wedding.
The Highlands staff chose the song carefully. As the couple began to dance around the facility's cafeteria, "Keeper of the Stars" filled the room. Before Steve was released to go home, he was presented a graduation certificate by the Highlands staff.

Steve said he plans to keep his strength up. He follows one of his favorite sayings, "How you feel is a state of mind," but he is also fond of his wife's perspective on aging.

"She's got it right," said Steve, smiling at his bride. "She says, 'Age is just a number.' I am looking forward to the next 50 years."

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A couple to be admired. Attitude is everything and whenever an elderly person continues to live life each day instead of giving up to aging, it's an example for each of us to follow as we age.

-- Posted by realworld on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 11:54 PM

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