Fountian Of Youth

Exclusive interviews with our senior dancers
who take claim to the fountain of youth


I would like to introduce to you Colby and Joyce Withers from Readlyn, Iowa. Joyce and Colby have been married for 55 years.

Colby & Joyce met at the Iowa State Teacher's College back in 1955 where Joyce was studying to be an elementary teacher. Colby was also studying to be a teacher. After college they were married.

When Joyce was growing up she loved listening to Dale Thomas & Leo Greco. Her dad played accordion in a 5-piece band in Clarence, Iowa. Joyce attended dances with her parents. Colby also listened to music and learned how to waltz in high school.

Joyce is full German and Colby is English, Irish, & Scotch. Lately Colby has learned that he has a little Welch
heritage, also. This is why they love to listen and dance to Barefoot Becky & The Ivanhoe Dutchmen. They say she plays a variety of Dutch and Czech music and the old time favorites. They also like the Malek's Fishermen Band and several other bands around Iowa. Colby & Joyce started dancing regularly 20 years ago after they retired. They attend many dances throughout Iowa and the US.

Colby said that his doctor encourages him to continue dancing. He also told Colby it's one of the best exercises you can get and have fun at the same time.

Colby and Joyce go to many dances around and tell younger people as long as you have the rhythm you can dance. They have three daughters and none of them dance. They can't even get them interested in the music. Colby says that the only way to get the younger people involved is to have the dance lessons in school.

This interview was done in compliance with
Colby & Joyce Withers on April 25, 2012 at
the Meskwaki Casino Dance in Tama, Iowa.