St. Peters dance studio gave veteran new purpose - KMOV.com

St. Peters dance studio gave veteran new purpose

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Army veteran Bill Hahs started taking dancing lessons at 85-years-old. Credit: KMOV Army veteran Bill Hahs started taking dancing lessons at 85-years-old. Credit: KMOV

(KMOV.com) - Dance can bring strangers together.

 “I spotted him and I said thank goodness there’s someone older than me here,” said dance student Barbara Jones.

That someone older was Bill Hahs.

The 28-year veteran of the U.S. Army started taking lessons at Dance Pizazz in St. Peters a couple of years after his wife of 62 years died. At the time he started dance lessons he was 85-years-old.

"It brought him back to the memories of dancing with his wife,” said co-owner Mike McAllister.

McAllister said Hahs decided to come to the studio after seeing a yard sign advertising classes. Hahs told the studio he thought that sign was an actual sign for him to come.

For two years, Hahs came weekly for lessons and participated in a number of dance showcases. He became a beloved member of the dance family.

When Hahs suddenly got sick and was in the ICU, the studio decided to hold a dance party at his hospital bedside.

He tapped his toes along to the music and they danced next to him in the ICU.

Bill died the next day.

The studio is grateful to have had Bill’s friendship for a couple great years and to help him find his spark again after his wife died.

"He was really able to live again," said co-owner Nikki McElvain,"in a way he got a couple years of life by doing that." 

Hahs was laid to rest a Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in October of 2017.

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