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Fla. man, 90, dances away his birthday

UPI News Service, 03/13/2011 

A 90-year-old Florida man danced and celebrated his birthday with a party given by friends at his favorite nightclub, his dancing partners said.

Danny Bianchino, who lives in Orange County with his daughter and son-in-law, is a dapper, charismatic gentleman who often sports a tuxedo when he dances on Friday nights at the Why Not Lounge in Altamonte Springs, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Bianchino was decked out in a white tux and matching white shoes for his birthday party, thrown Friday night by his friends at the club, Sherrie Lee, 48, and Susie Griffin, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

"I really wanted to make a big deal for him. I mean, 90, come on," said Lee, who added she thinks of Bianchino as the grandfather she never got to know.

Bianchino, who uses crutches to help him walk, said, "If you don't have fun, there's something wrong with you."

He never took lessons but learned to dance in the Army after joining the service in 1941 and fighting in World War II, the newspaper said.

"Dancing is my bread and butter," Bianchino said. "Dancing is good for you."

"He's a movie star. All the ladies dance with him. He's just loved," said the club's doorman, Renee Reyes.

"I hope I'm still dancing when I'm 90 years old," Lee said.

One of his birthday gifts was $300, as Lee said she wished to provide Bianchino's bus fare to the club for a long time to come.

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