In every step at Dance Tech Studios in Forest Lake, Minnesota you’ll detect a little spring. 

But for the past three weeks the studio’s students and instructors have been welcoming a representative of life’s autumn.

"It definitely surprised me," says Robin Lind, Dance Tech’s owner.

Lind recently looked up from her work to see an elderly couple walking through the studio door. 

"And she’s like, ‘I’m Carol and this is Arne and it is on his bucket list to take tap dance lessons,’" she recalls.

Lind has greeted thousands of dancers in her 22 years in business, but never before an 85-year-old novice.

Arne Mayala had come in for a tax appointment upstairs, when he spotted the dance studio one floor below. 

Robin Lind, dance studio owner, was moved by Mayala’s ambition.

"It’s such a great thing to watch," she said. 

She posted photos of Mayala and his instructor, Brad Madison, on Facebook. 

"I woke up the next morning and there were 250 likes and over 50 comments, and people were sharing it," Lind said. 

Lind was so inspired by the Navy veteran that she began teaching a dance class for seniors in assisted living. 

"The day he came in for that first lesson, he wasn’t feeling well," she said. "He had fallen that day. It just really touched my heart, in seeing him go from having a bad day and what dance can do." 

Carol, Arne’s wife of 54 years, sits in a room outside the studio as he practices. 

"Oh I’m very nervous for him," she said. "I can’t stand to watch it."

Robin has high hopes for Arne. She is already making plans for him to perform at the next dance recital. 

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