Being a member of the Follies is an adventure. Experiencing a dance come together from concept to performance is fascinating. It’s also a lot of hard work. Watching an entire troop of singers, dancers, choreographers, and director put a show together is amazing. It is a feat and a daunting one. Yet they do it and I am lucky to have the opportunity to participate. Thank you to all who make the magic happen.
I loved performing for the first time last year and eagerly returned. I am excited to be supporting not only Parkinson’s research but also our local Food Bank this year. I’m glad that my friends and family can watch and support me and the Central Coast Follies.
My last six years dancing with the Follies have been SO MUCH FUN! It is a privilege to perform on stage with this amazing group of dancers, singers and musicians who express their joy through music and dance while raising money for worthy causes.
After growing up in the San Joaquin Valley, she met her musician husband and that changed her world. A whirlwind life of music and dance in Atlanta followed. She returned to SLO and found dancer Michelle Murphy Smith (Mishwa), who introduced her to Afro Haitian dance. She worked in real estate in the happiest place on earth for 36 years and took jazz from Lori Silvaggio at The Academy of Dance. This is her second year in the Follies.
Life is too short to waste time not doing what you really love to do, and Cheryl really LOVES dancing with The Follies. Cheryl started 11 years ago helping backstage and was so inspired she took up tap dancing with the original Taptastic group. This will be her 5th year tapping with The Follies.
This is Christl's 13th year dancing with The Follies and she loves every minute of it. “The music, the rhythm and the tapping keep my artistic juices flowing and it makes me feel good. What a fun way to do your exercises. The Follies ladies and Choreographers are a joy to work with. My husband muses, “A happy wife - A happy husband!”.
This is Claudia’s sixth year with the Follies and it continues to be an amazing experience. She is honored to be dancing and singing in this annual fundraiser for such a worthy cause. A big thank you to the audience for coming, both those new to the Follies and those who return year after year, for coming. You make it happen!
This is Dixie’s 16th year performing in the Follies and helping to raise funds for Parkinson's research. She has helped in the many facets of the Follies, from dancer to Producer, wherever there has been a need. This year brings interesting new challenges and wonderful surprises as we move to the beautiful Fremont theatre and add a worthy, local charity, The Food Bank Coalition of SLO as well as our original beneficiary The Parkinson Alliance. We are dancing for a cure for Parkinson’s and from hunger.
Like all of us, I have many jobs and roles - mom, wife, florist, teacher, but the Follies provide a “time out” from the everyday; and that's what makes it special. Our love of dance is obvious as we are all channeling our inner Ginger and/or Fred. However, this year I am leaning more towards Curly! He definitely makes an appearance.
It’s a wonderful life being a member and involved with the Follies. Judy started as a founding member of the South County Performing Arts Foundation board in 1988, now known as the Clark Center. She is proud of her title “Director Emeritus”. The last 15 years as a member of the Follies has been rewarding in many ways. New, deeply caring and lasting friendships abound. Thank you, Jason, for your patience and caring.
It’s hard to put into words how rewarding it has been dancing with the Central Coast Follies. This will be my sixth year with this amazing group of ladies and gents and I see no end in sight! I just can’t imagine a retirement hobby that would be more fulfilling. Thank you Jason! And another thank you to Colleen, Bree and Marybeth—you are all simply amazing!
California living on the central coast everyone knows how lovely this life is. A California gal that’s Judy, born and raised. Started with the Follies in 2007 and is still going strong. What a pleasure to be at the art deco Fremont theater. Hope you enjoy the show!
Karen is an Emmy-winning sound editor who transitioned into film editing and served 12 years on the Motion Picture Editors Guild Board of Directors. In her mid-twenties, she co-founded The Sundancers, Inc., a group of 8 jazz and tap dancers from the Al Gilbert Dance Studio in West Hollywood.
There’s nothing like dancing! I recommend it for everyone. I’m very grateful to dance with people that share their talents unselfishly for a good cause; especially Jason, Colleen, and Bree. Thank you to my husband, Larry, my sister, Maurina and son, Matthew for giving their unconditional support through this adventure.
“...transition is easier if you believe in yourself and your talent.” As the Follies begin their 16th year at a new venue, Linda’s excited to be part of the growth, the change and the mission to do good for our community, all while expressing her passion for performing “A Little Bit OFF...Broadway”!
After 10 years in community theater Loretta thought she would take tap lessons. She did and thought it was so much fun. She joined the Follies and Jason is a great, patient instructor. She has been dancing five years with the Follies. “All the Follies' ladies are my inspiration. I love performing in the shows - it is really fun.
The local music scene is so rich! So many talented and creative artists!! Being an avid fan, Nancy is so happy to be shining as a Follie. The artist and dancer in her is having so much fun! She wants to thank everyone in the Follies family and all who support us!
This is my 11th show and I am still enjoying the excitement of fulfilling my childhood dream “dancing with a group like the Follies” and supporting such a worthy cause. Thank you Jason for another great show. Thank you to our audiences for attending and hope you enjoy our show.
Born in New Orleans, Jimmy now makes the Central Coast his home. An outgoing guy who loves everyone, he also loves dancing, singing, traveling, karaoke, and networking when meeting new people. Jimmy is a Paint Contractor and professional network marketer. Known for his kind heart and counseling of others, Jimmy is a guy everyone loves to love because he loves LIVING LOVE.
Gloria is a devoted high school, foreign language teacher. Although originally from Mexico City, she’s been living on the Central Coast for nearly thirty years. Gloria is animated, avidly active, adventurous, and an accomplished tanguera. She is eager to surround herself with those who embrace life. The Follies inspired her in her latest passion, tap dancing, and she couldn’t be more excited!
Myriam is excited to join the fabulous Jason and talented Follies for the very first time, and thanks them for this wonderful (yet somewhat terrifying!) opportunity. A French native and proud mom of two, Myriam owns Black Sheep Bar & Grill in downtown SLO. She also loves to dance, travel, and make a difference! Through her own fundraisers she has raised over 80K for breast cancer and local charities. She is honored to perform to benefit Parkinson's Research and SLO Food Bank, and thanks you for your support.