After broken hip, dance teacher returns to lead class
Lou Campos, 68, of Bayou Vista leads her line dancing class Wednesday at the St. Mary Senior Citizens Center. Campos, second from left, returned to her AARP class seven months after breaking her hip while line dancing.
(The Daily Review Photo by Jean L. McCorkle)
After seven months of rehabilitation, 68-year-old Lou Campos returned to teaching her line dance class this month.
Campos of Bayou Vista fractured the neck of her femur Aug. 19 when she fell while line dancing.
“I hit a wet spot. When I did my little thrust, I had a feeling it was already too late, and I went down,” Campos said of the accident.
Surgery at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center placed three screws in her leg. That was followed by five months of extensive home health therapy and another month of physical therapy.
When she returned to the class she’s been teaching since 1988, she said it was scary.
“The first day, it was scary to come back, but it feels good. Believe me,” Campos said.
While Campos was recuperating, Jeanne Gaudet of Patterson taught the weekly AARP class. She still assists as Campos is limited by her doctors from performing some of the dance moves.
Campos, like many of her students, began line dancing at the former Randy’s bar in Berwick.
Sidney Boudreaux, 99, of Morgan City, said he and his wife, Jen, 88, have been line dancing for 30 or 40 years.
He attends, he said, because “it’s very good exercise, fun exercise.”
Jen Boudreaux, his wife of 69 years, said “I love the exercise and just getting together with everybody. We used to go to Randy’s twice a week, two hours each time.”
Larry Bergeron of Morgan City said he’s been taking the class for about a year although he did take it previously in Berwick.
“I just enjoy dancing. It’s good exercise, very good exercise. I wish we could get more men to join,” Bergeron said.
Bergeron reflected on Campos’ absence.
“She was gone but we did have a good fill-in who’s an assistant to Lou right now. That’s Ms. Jeanne Gaudet. She’s done an excellent job … it’s good to have Lou back. Good times,” Bergeron said.
St. Mary AARP President Curtis Leonard said he doesn’t line dance for health reasons, but he thinks the class is a good thing for seniors.
“It’s a really good social outing, very, very good exercise. It’s drawing more and more attention. People are getting more interested,” Leonard said.