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Happy Team from Xinfeng, Hsinchu County

The team comprised the elderly with a combined age of over 3,000 and more “energetic” than many young people. Comprising 40 “regular team members”, the Happy Team from Xingfeng participated in the senior citizen dance contest held by the Health Promotion Administration for four years in a row and arranged at least two dramas every year. The elderly immersed themselves happily in activities and considered the contest as the big event, which brought honor and fortified mutual relationship.

 

“Happy Team” practiced from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. twice every week during the preparation of the contest.

 

“I am not old; I am still young!” In August mornings when the sun burned bright, almost 50 elders practiced dancing and acting attentively at the space beside the health center building in Xinfeng. Even during rehearsals, every elder wore a smile on his/her face and reminded each other not to forget or discussed “whether a circle should be added in this part.”

 

Founded four years ago, the “Happy Team” from Xinfeng was led by Zeng,

Yu-Qing, Head Nurse of Health Center. Zeng, Yu-Qing pointed out that the team gradually grew big and became organized through inviting “one volunteer after another” at the Health Center. In addition to 40 regular members, several floaters joined the team as well. 

 

Almost 50 elders practiced dancing and acting attentively-1.

 

According to the time and strength of the elderly, “Happy Team” practiced from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. twice every week during the preparation of the contest.

 

Almost 50 elders practiced dancing and acting attentively-2.

 

The average age of members in Happy Team was 79. Joining the team four years ago, the leader Lin, Yu-Long was a retired professor. He said that many members loved and were used to the practice. Members would miss each other after a few months of absence. He also said that one could activate muscles, feel better, and demonstrate youthful condition during the practice.

 

Almost 50 elders practiced dancing and acting attentively-3.

 

Zeng, Yu-Qing said that some elders passionately participated in the contest regardless of difficulty in moving or standing for a long time; thus, they would be arranged to perform on the stage, including female elders in wheelchairs. She would arrange the mobility-disadvantaged to perform while seated, giving each member a sense of participation. 

 

Almost 50 elders practiced dancing and acting attentively-4.

 

Zeng, Yu-Qing also said that every elder had different talent. She strove to understand each elder’s personality and talent and arrange the performance accordingly. Stage properties and costumes for each performance were recycled by team members and volunteers to avoid any waste. 

 

Almost 50 elders practiced dancing and acting attentively-5.

 

“I learned on Tuesday and forgot on Thursday!” said Lin, Yu-Long. The performance was conceived and arranged by Zeng, Yu-Qing. She was patient, passionate and caring; she always led the exercises in person and repeated every movement patiently. It took two months for the team to perform a dance well. Traffic volunteers Shih, Hsiu-Luan and her husband Wu Hai were members of the team. Wu Hai is 90 years old. They joined the team together bringing their abundant vitality. 

 

Almost 50 elders practiced dancing and acting attentively-6.

 

“Happy Team” comprised nine couples as well as sisters and brothers. 87-year-old Chang Huang, Chin-Lan and 85-year-old Hsu Hsu, Yen-E were even senior and junior alumnus. Born in the Japanese Colonial Period, Chang Huang, Chin-Lan could speak Japanese and have learned English; as of today, she still has had a graceful dance since she danced in her youth.  

 

Almost 50 elders practiced dancing and acting attentively-7.
 

94-year-old Sung, Tseng-Tu participated in every practice and moved agilely despite his age. He is also the grandfather of the artist HEBE. He said that the secret to remaining young was to move frequently; he also said that he looked forward to the practice twice a week. 71-year-old Chien Chen, A-Chiu was the younger member in the team. She has participated in the team since the team formed; she loves getting together and the friendships formed during practices.

 

Almost 50 elders practiced dancing and acting attentively-8.

 

Happy Team performs different dramas every year. It has performed dramas of life including marriage, birth, and descendents and touched the audience. To represent Hsinchu County for the contest, Zeng, Yu-Qing added local elements to their dance.

 

Almost 50 elders practiced dancing and acting attentively-9.

 

“Happy Team” once represented Hsinchu County to participate in the north-area contest of “2013 Senior Citizen Dance Contest” held by the Health Promotion Administration and won a silver medal; later, it won the Best Group Award in the national finals. However, Zeng, Yu-Qing pointed out that the only purpose for participating in the contest was to encourage the elderly to move frequently; but in fact, elders were ambitious and highly cooperative. During the practice recorded by volunteers, members reviewed and practiced repeatedly, fulfilling the theme of “I am not old; I am still young” in person.

 

The Happy Team from Xingfeng participated in the senior citizen dance contest held by the Health Promotion Administration for four years in a row.  

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