"Kate Peters Dancing on Roof from Peters Family Collection, 1947" by pingnews.comMy daughter and I went to see the box-office hit Mamma Mia last night. The age of audience members ranged from young teens to senior citizens.
The plot was predictable, some of the singing was mediocre, but no one left early: we were all still seated after the closing credits had rolled, mesmerized by the compelling energy of the recreated ABBA hits.
When the original recording of Dancing Queen was released, in 1975, I was a young, childless wife. I am now an almost-retired wife, mother of two married children.
My world has changed significantly in many ways, but at certain times, particularly joyous occasions like weddings, I still feel the urge to step out on the floor and dance.
I'm not 17 anymore, but I hope I'll never lose the desire to run towards life and learning. As long as I can move, when the music starts playing, I know I'll still be a dancing queen.
"You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen" -ABBA, Dancing Queen (1975)