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He's 84 and still dancing

Instructor Janet Murphy, right, dances with local senior John Petwyler, left, at a Live Life Through Dance class at Schenectady Light Opera Company on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Instructor Janet Murphy, right, dances with local senior John Petwyler, left, at a Live Life Through Dance class at Schenectady Light Opera Company on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
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For John Detwyler, any activity is good activity. But any activity that involves an opportunity to swing dance, now that's a reason to put on his dancing shoes. Detwyler has been swing dancing for more than 20 years. On a trip to Nicaragua, he taught the basics of East Coast swing to locals and has also dabbled in ballroom dancing. He jokes that it's what keeps him young: "How old do I look? 65? 70? ...


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