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Barb Thompson
Barb Thompson
Hard to believe this is Barb's fifth year performing on stage with such an amazing group of dancers, singers, and musicians who express their joy through music and dance while raising money for Parkinson's Research. A special thank you to Jason and the other talented choreographers who have created this amazing show. Sit back, relax, and get prepared as we get ready to "rock your world."
Cheryl Goldberg
Cheryl Goldberg
Life is too short to waste time not doing what you really love to do, and Cheryl really LOVES dancing with The Follies. The fact that it helps find a cure for Parkinson’s, is a “Win-Win” situation! Cheryl started 10 years ago helping backstage and was so inspired by Jason and The Follies, she took up tap dancing with the original Taptastic group. This will be her 4th year tapping with The Follies and she enjoys it more every year!
Christl Miche
Christl Miche
This is Christl's 12th year dancing with The Follies and 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 Bob muses "A HAPPY WIFE - A HAPPY HUSBAND"
Dixie Parker
Dixie Parker
Dixie has a BA in theatre and has acted both professionally and in community events. She enjoys all phases of the magic of Show Biz and is one of the original Follies. To be able to do something you love and help other people is a gift to all.
Eve Dickson
Eve Dickson
This is Eve’s fifth year dancing with the Follies. She has spent many happy hours dancing back in the day as well as now. As she says, “To be able to dance at this time of my life is fantastic and such fun.” She thanks the Follies organization, Jason and her dance comrades for the opportunity. GO FOLLIES! GO FOLLIES!
Jinny Moore
Jinny Moore
Jinny is enjoying her 13th year dancing with The Follies. She is finding jazz dancing to be her niche. Thanks go out to Jason for his positive encouragement, teaching, organizational skills, and fabulous choice of music for us to dance to. Thank you for coming to see our show and supporting our cause... a cure for Parkinson’s disease. I think this is going to be "our best show ever." Enjoy!
Joy Baker
Joy Baker
Joy started dancing at age 12 with Pat Jackson American Dance. It was as an American Dancer she was in a movie, Last Dance, and performed in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA. In 1999, Joy opened California Blonde in SLO. She had the store for 14 years and for 2 years she has sold props to the Mad Men, TV series. Joy has danced for over 20 years. She is happy to be back in dance. She is inspired by The Follies ladies through their enthusiasm and energy.
Judy Hearn
Judy Hearn
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. Judy 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. The Follies are united with Parkinson’s Alliance to fund research to find a cure for Parkinson’s. Thank you Jason & Marybeth for your patience and caring.
Judy McPhail
Judy McPhail
What a wonderful experience it has been dancing with the Central Coast Follies. This is my 5th year with this wonderful group and have enjoyed every minute of the journey. How could it get any better? Doing something we love, dancing, while fundraising for Parkinson's disease research, is a win-win situation for sure. Thank you Jason, Marybeth, Colleen and Bree for being such patient wonderful teachers. And fellow Follies - you are simply awesome!
Judy Straw
Judy Straw
Judy Mae has been with the Central Coast Follies since 2007 and the choreography is so fun and different each year. Married to her husband, Reg, for 13 years and their wharf cat Tony who keeps everyone entertained. Cooking, crafting, and wiggling is pretty much her full time job. Hope you enjoy the show.
Karen Rasch
Karen Rasch
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.
Laurina Kussel
Laurina Kusell
Since young, dancing was always Laurina's “secret" go to for escape and fun. Though extremely amateurish in her attempts, she learned to love it, never guessing she’d learn to tap from professionals late in life. She is extremely grateful to Jason and Marybeth for giving her the chance to dance with The Follies and be part of a wonderful cause. She thanks her husband-Larry, son-Matthew, and sister-Maurina, with all her heart for their support in this adventure for the past seven years.
Linda Matus
Linda Matus
Linda has been performing for most of her 68 years and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. She’s blessed to have an opportunity to express “emotion in motion” with her Follies family and to also support Parkinson’s research. Thank you, Jason, for allowing me to exercise and grow my talents while expressing my passion for the arts in such a varied and complete way!
Loretta Fontecchio
Loretta Fontecchio
After 10 years in community theater I thought I would take tap lessons. I did and it was so much fun. I joined The Follies and Jason is a great, patient instructor. I have been dancing five years with The Follies. All the Follies' ladies are my inspiration. I love performing in the shows, it is really fun.
Marybeth Costanzo
Marybeth Costanzo
Marybeth is happy to be performing in the 15th Annual Follies show. “What a wonderful accomplishment this is.” Congratulations to all those who have contributed this year, and in years past. You all mean the world to me!
Nancy Franta
Nancy Franta
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 them!
Nancy Freese
Nancy Freese
Nancy celebrated her 80th birthday this year and is very happy and blessed to be still dancing with her wonderful Follies friends and raising money for PARKINSON’S RESEARCH since 2005. It has been a privilege and a source of much happiness. Many thanks to Jason and all the choreographers who have worked so hard this year to bring our audiences a great show. We hope you agree and thank you for your support.
Rita Vohnout
Rita Vohnout
Wow! This is my 15th Follies show and I have really enjoyed myself. The dancing Follies ladies and men and singers are very special people. Jason is the best choreographer ever! We are very proud to be helping Parkinson’s research. Thank all of you nice people for attending our shows!!!
Roberta Guidry
Roberta Guidry
Roberta joined The Follies later in life (2007) experiencing the excitement of fulfilling her childhood dream of dancing with a group in big production numbers. She is office manger for Captive Hearts, a non-profit organization that provides a program and sober living housing for women with addictions and also volunteers for Arroyo Grande Hospital. Roberta has four children and three grandchildren.
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Jimmy Thornton
Jimmy Thornton
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.
Sean Owen
Sean Owen
Sean, a native of Arizona, now happily calls Grover Beach home. Locally, Sean has been in TV commercials, A Chorus Line, along with Follies shows. This is Sean’s third year dancing, singing, and playing piano with The Follies. As an award-winning actor/singer/ songwriter/pianist/artist, Sean was in nearly 30 productions in Arizona, performed at the Waldorf Astoria, and was in Sex in the City.
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Ann Fullerton
Ann Fullerton
This is Ann’s first year with The Follies and it has been such a great experience! Who knew tap dancing could be this much fun! Thank you Jason, Marybeth, Colleen, Bree and all The Follies dancers for their help, guidance and support! To be part of this great community is an honor and a privilege.
Annie Malak
Annie Malak
After watching one Follies performance, both Annie and her husband agreed that she could do that. This is her first year of beginning tap lessons at the same time learning advanced choreography. Thank goodness she likes to dance and told so many friends she would be in The Follies at 67, so she was too embarrassed to drop out from the fear of performing. Thank you, for supporting Parkinson’s Research.
Charlene Souza
Charlene Souza
After growing up in the San Joaquin Valley, she met her musician husband that changed her world. After spending time dancing in Atlanta, they returned to SLO and she found dancer, 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 Lauri Savagio at the Academy of Dance. This is her first year in The Follies.
Christy Laschiver
Christy Laschiver
Christy started performing at a young age. She is happy to have found The Follies. She is a real estate agent and lives in Nipomo. Her son, Bryon, is a jeweler in Carmel. She is a part-time care-giver for her elderly parents. Her father has advanced dementia and she is very proud to be able to contribute her time to such a dynamic organization that provides substantial funds for Parkinson’s research! DANCE ON GIRLS!!


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