Dozens of senior citizens lined up ready to shake and slide as "Corina" began blaring from the boom box at the Stephenville Senior Citizen's Center on Wednesday morning.
Although everyone knew the dance by heart, all eyes were focused on Phyllis Farrington, who has taught the class for more than 10 years.
With a final twist to the right and slide to the left, Farrington shuffled off the dance floor to the tune of her favorite song, handing leadership over to a new instructor.
"I have received more benefits from doing this than anything I have done in my life," Farrington said as her students and friends presented her with a plaque. "Line dancing with you all has been so rewarding for me and I look forward to continue cutting a rug."
For more than a decade, Farrington has encouraged seniors to keep fit and have fun.
"There is such a deep friendship involved between Phyllis and all of the people she has taught over the years," said student Nita Loutherback. "We wanted to honor Phyllis for her numerous years of coaching hundreds of seniors in Stephenville. She has been such a blessing to all of us."
Now the teacher will become a student again.
"I'm not going anywhere, I love line dancing with this group so much," Farrington said. "I am going to dance at the back of the room and let someone else take over."