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Dancing, and giving back to the community

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Retirement should be a time to sit back and relax. But it's the busiest for 76-year-old VaularDene Rouse and her friends. They are more active than ever, and are on a mission to give back to their east Tampa neighborhood.

They call themselves "Purple Passion" and they are What's Right with Tampa Bay.

It's not your average dancing class.

"We do Chucky Baby, the Wobble, everybody loves the Wobble," said Purple Passion president VaularDene Rouse.

Twice a week about a dozen seniors who call themselves the "Purple Passion" get together at the Hope Learning Center, not only to dance, but to raise money for east Tampa.

"The four of us got together, we fried chicken every Monday night." Says VaularDene "We had chicken wings, we had fish fries on the corner, and we raised money like that -- $30, $50, $70 at a time."

In two years the group has collected more than $5,000.

"What we do is raise money anyway that we can." VaularDene said.

They charge $3 per class, and the dancing has another benefit:

"They come here to dance and to stay young and to be fit, and then when they go to an affair they know how to line dance," said VaularDene

A good way to stay fit, while you are helping others.

Last year, they used the money to help the Elks Club, and this year they will be helping Computer Mentors, a group that helps high school drop outs computer skills.

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