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Just Keep Going Advises 100 Year Old Georgia Deane

Georgia Deane celebrated her 100th birthday at a party at the Mendon Senior Center on June 6. She also celebrated on June 2 at a large party with family and friends at the DoubleTree in Milford and will end up the month with another celebration on Monday, June 24 with the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce CWL at the Crystal Room, Milford. Her actual birthday was Saturday June 8. Happy Birthday Miss Georgia!

How does a person live to see 100-years-old? "Just keep going," said Georgia Deane, Mendon resident, business owner, and newly turned centenarian who celebrated her 100th birthday on June 8. Affectionately known as "Miss Georgia,", she is the founder of Deane School of Dance in Mendon which was established in 1974, and the Greater Milford Ballet in 1980. Over the past 45 years, Deane has taught countless young dancers the art of ballet, jazz, and tap, and is still teaching classes on

Saturday mornings at her studio. "I love my work," said Deane in an interview with The Crier on her 100th birthday. "For me. It really isn't work because I love what I do. If you love what you do, then you will never work a day in your life." Born in Salem in 1919, she is the mother of two grown children Cynthia and Dean. She moved to Mendon when she married James Ferrucci and has resided in Mendon for 46 years. Deane grew up with a family of performers. After college, she and her sisters Helen and Maryann began performing as professionals on the RKO circuit and in New England area nightclubs doing Vaudeville.

Wanting to bring professional talent to the area including performances by Boston Ballet dancers and others, Deane founded the Greater Milford Ballet. This year the Greater Milford Ballet will be performing their 39th annual The Nutcracker. Deane has been an honored guest and presenter at the bi- annual Rhee Gold DanceLife Teachers Conference, which she plans to attend again in July. Over 200 people gathered to celebrate Deane's birthday at a party at the DoubleTree Hotel in Milford on June

2. A second celebration was held on June 6 at the Mendon Senior Center, which featured citations from the Mendon Board of Selectmen and the State Senate via Jason Kelly, aide to Senator Ryan Fattman, R. Sutton. "It was a nice time to reminisce about what a wonderful, full life Georgia has had," said Senior Center Director Amy Kent, of the special celebration. Kent said Deane is not only a member at the center but has also performed at a number

of events including singing and dancing at a Senior Tea and teaching line dancing classes to fellow seniors. "Needless to say, she has endeared herself to the seniors and staff alike," said Kent. So, what is her secret? What is the trick to living life to the fullest, for 100 years? "I do everything in moderation," said Deane. "I eat well, I sleep well, I exercise my brain." Deane credits her life as a performer for keeping her mind sharp; sharp enough to beat her opponents in Words with Friends from time to time. "Just like my body, I always keep my mind moving. I get up every morning singing, and dancers use both their right and left brains" she said. As for plans for her 100th year and beyond, Deane said that she doesn't give her self a time limit on any activity. She takes it easy when she needs to, and follows her doctor's orders, "if it hurts, don't do it." But one plan that will never change for her is her intent to "just keep going." "I love performing," said Deane. "It's what keeps me alive."


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