Tampa woman finds fountain of youth in ballroom dancing

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — When you meet Judith Baizan, you get a new understanding that “you’re only as old as you feel.”

“Yeah, dancing makes me happy, dancing thrills me, dancing fills me,” said Baizan. “All those things.”

Baizan takes dance lessons at LaVelle Hall in South Tampa, but she’s been dancing her whole life.

“I guess it started in high school when I went to dances. I’ve always danced…I’ve always danced with my husband.”

Baizan’s husband, Ernesto, just passed away in October. He was 90 years old.

“He grounded me, then I could do anything. He was supportive, anything i wanted to do. We were also involved in international folk dancing for many years.”

Facing life alone for the first time after their 63 years of marriage, 92-year-old Baizan has focused on dancing to lift her spirits.

“At one point, I thought it would be fun to do ballroom dancing. I was hesitant, then I discovered Roy. I found out a lot of the women who’d been taking lessons from him had been taking them for years, I thought that’s a pretty good sign. I appreciate way he teaches. He’s very good, very caring about students and treats us well.”

Simon Cordero