Lori Price competes at the Savannah Dance Classic with Sandro Virag. CINDA SEAMON

You might be surprised how many women and men in the 60 and up age group are competing in dance. The reasons they compete are many, including: they are still young at heart, they are financially stable, they are often retired, they have the time to devote to it, and they are looking for a hobby that involves exercise and traveling.

For some, it is a life goal they looked forward to for many years.

Lori Price, 61, is a good example of this group of dancers. She began tap dancing at age 5 and then moved on to ballet. In high school, she entered a modern dance program.

Lori also taught a dance fitness class for 10 years. In her 30s and 40s she continued to do ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop.

Lori took up ballroom in 2011 because she knew it was something she could do through her later years in life. She started with Arthur Murray in Virginia and even danced in three competitions.

Once she turned 60, she decided this was the time to develop her competitive ballroom skills even more.

When Lori moved to the Lowcountry, she found Hilton Head Ballroom Dance studio to be the perfect fit for her goal of competing. She started by taking styling and technique classes, along with private lessons, and private coaching with visiting champions. This eventually led her into creating a vision for her own costumes.

Lori loved the idea of having two straight days of dance competition – which almost felt like a dance marathon. She was eager to see where she ranked in comparison with other dancers her age.

Once Lori hits the floor, she zeroes in on a couple and makes them her challenge to go after. This helps drive her during the competition. That momentum is what got her hooked on competing.

Lori loves the camaraderie with other dancers on her team and appreciates their support and encouragement. She gets an adrenaline rush when on the floor.

For Lori, performance gear is high gear. She never realized how much competing means to her. She said she plans to continue competing until she just can’t dance anymore.

Sandro Virag is a partner and instructor at Hilton Head Ballroom Dance Studio of Hilton Head, located in Bluffton at Seaquins Ballroom. hiltonheadballroom.com