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Meet the Follies

Annie Malak
Annie Malak
I love to dance, and it is fabulous learning choreography, practicing and performing with the Central Coast Follies since this is such a fun group. I am proud to be raising funds for two great causes. It rubbed off on my supportive husband and he enjoys being part of the Follies as well.
Cheryl Goldberg
Cheryl Goldberg
The Follies has been my extended family for 13 years, expressing joy through dance and raising money for worthy causes. To say I love this group of people is an understatement. Special thanks to Jason and Colleen for teaching me so much, not only about dance but about the importance of community. When you have the Follies behind you, anything is possible!
Claudia Hartman
Claudia Hartman
This is Claudia’s ninth year with the Follies and it continues to be an amazing experience. She is honored to be dancing in this annual fundraiser. For the past two years she has been teaching the Beginning Tap Class as part of the Follies Production Support Team.
Ellie Ripley
Ellie Ripley
This is Ellie's 15th year with the Follies. She can't imagine being without the music, dancing, friendships, and joy of dreams coming true. She is grateful for the leadership and commitment of our wonderful, patient, amazingly-talented teacher and director, Jason. She hopes you enjoy the show and thanks you for supporting "Dancing for a Cure".
Eve Dickson
Eve Dickson
I have many 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 channel our inner Ginger Rogers. Your support of our show and charities is so important and together we can do great things!
Gabriella Schrader
Gabriella Schrader
Gabriella is excited to be part of the Central Coast Follies and honored to perform with this lovely and talented group! Originally from Switzerland, she came to San Luis Obispo twenty years ago and loves how dancing has enriched her life and given her an outlet for her boundless energy. A heartfelt thank you to our audience for supporting our fundraising efforts!
Gloria Wilson
Gloria Wilson
Gloria is a retired high school, foreign language teacher. Originally from Mexico City, she’s lived on the Central Coast for thirty-one years. Animated, active, adventurous, and an accomplished tanguera, Gloria’s eager to surround herself with those who embrace life. The Follies inspire her latest passions: tap and jazz dancing, and she couldn’t be more excited!
Judy McPhail
Judy McPhail
Nine years ago, I stepped bravely into the Follies dance studio and it’s been an adventure full of fun and friendships. Having never performed onstage, I was nervous; but I’m blessed to be part of a supportive Follies family. I thank Jason for pushing us to be our best while giving respect and acceptance to all. Things ARE better when you’re dancing!
Karen Rasch
Karen Rasch
Karen is an Emmy-winning sound editor who transitioned into film editing, a former member of the Screen Actors Guild, Women in Film, and Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She also co-founded The Sundancers, Inc., 8 jazz and tap dancers from the Al Gilbert Dance Studio in West Hollywood.
Laurina Kussel
Laurina Kusell
Dancing with the Follies since 2011 changed Laurina’s life. Getting the courage to tap and jazz on stage wasn't easy! Having grown up with a father who tapped/choreographed, dancing became a part of her. She thanks the Follies, past and present, and her family for their love and support.
Linda Matus
Linda Matus
“What’s a rabbit’s favorite dance? Hip Hop!” It’s that kind of silliness that infuses this year’s show, and Linda is having THE best time giggling, laughing and cackling her way through her songs and dances. In her 16th Follies production, she thanks the entire Follies gang for coming together on this wild and crazy ride!
Maggie Wright
Maggie Wright
Maggie’s honored to perform with the Follies and loves entertaining as a way to raise money for good causes. Her salon, “Maggie’s Place” has amazing patrons that support her and the Follies. She thanks her biggest fans, her husband and family; and she gives glory to God as her journey leads her to Learning, Living and Loving.
Myriam Olaizola
Myriam Olaizola
“Politics? Not my thing - I wanna dance and sing!” is Myriam’s mantra this year and perfectly describes the light tone of the show! Myriam loves to dance and sing with her Follies family; she is also passionate about raising money for worthy causes, whether on stage or at her restaurant: Black Sheep Bar & Grill.
Paca Christensen
Paca Christensen
Born and raised in Spain with flamenco, Paca’s love for music and dance was always inside her. She came to the States, married and raised two children; and, in the last four years, began exploring many styles of dance and music. As a teacher, she will begin working part-time next year, which means more time to dance!
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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.
Future Follies & Gentlemen
Ashley Brown
Ashley Brown
Ashley has performed in several regional productions, including “Oliver”, “Sound of Music” and “Beauty and the Beast”. She plays multiple characters for “A Wish Your Heart Makes”, a children’s party company; recorded a children’s music album; created an original puppet show; and performs with her father in Steve & Ash Duets. She’s grateful for her parents’ encouragement.
Neil Davenport
Neil Davenport
As a new member, I love all the joys being part of the Follies gives me: Jason’s coaching, humor, and gentle encouragement… tapping with those super-talented “typewriters”… an endless array of ballet barre exercises (Claudia!)… and most of all, being part of an organization which, along with your community support, is making a difference.
Phil Epstein
Phil Epstein
Hello everyone! My name is Phil Epstein and I performed with the Follies for 5 years! After a break of several years, I'm BACK WITH THE FOLLIES and I'm totally jazzed to perform, sing and tap dance my way into your heart and soul one more time!
Sherri Ikola
Sherri Ikola
Sherri danced in three high school musicals. After a 40-year hiatus, she’s a "Follies in Training", thrilled to be taking jazz dance from Jason and encouraged by the lovely Follies dancers. Outside the Follies, Sherri lives an active lifestyle running, hiking, crossfit training, taking daily walks with her husband, and frequently traveling to see her grandchildren!