South Berwick woman named oldest active square dancer in continental America

Jennifer Vardy Little
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Esther Chute still loves to kick up her heels on the dance floor, and now the South Berwick centenarian has added a special title to her name.

For the past 52 years, Chute has been an active square dancer and hits the floor often. One of her previous square dancing highlights was dancing across Canada in 1967 on board the Centennial train.

Later this month, the 101-year-old Chute will be named the oldest active square dancer in continental America by the Canadian Square and Round Dance Society.

Cathy Langille, co-ordinator of the society’s national marketing team, says the organization first recognized Chute with certificates last year, when she was named the oldest active square dancer in Canada and the United States. On Sept. 24, she’ll be presented with an award for her designation as oldest square dancer in continental America by the United Square Dancers of America during a presentation in Wilmot. 

Chute, who turned 101 in April, celebrated her birthday with renewing her driver’s license for another five years. She still lives in her own home in South Berwick and drives her own vehicle to do errands. In addition to square dancing, she enjoys scrapbooking, making pies for church luncheons and gathering berries from her orchard. 

Organizations: Canadian Square and Round Dance Society

Geographic location: United States, South Berwick, Canada Wilmot

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