CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) — The New Florida Follies, a nonprofit dance group that caters to seniors, is set to take center stage for the first time in two years.
7News cameras captured members of the 35-member dance troupe midway through rehearsal on Saturday.
Don’t let the age of the performers fool you. They are very much in phase.
“We have fun. It’s our passion to dance and we love bringing it to the public,” said Cheryl Steinthal, director of the Follies.
All are dancers of a certain age.
“We’re 56 to 98,” Steinthal said.
And they’ve been performing in South Florida for over 20 years.
But when the pandemic hit in 2020, the Follies were sent home.
“We didn’t have a season at all in 2021. We had to cancel our last two performances in 2020, and I said, ‘This isn’t going to be the end for us,'” Steinthal said.
Steinthal said she was creative.
“I choreographed all the new spectacle that audiences see this year in my sneakers, in my living room,” she said.
If anyone knows dance, it’s Steinthal. At just 19, in the 1970s, she was a Rockette performing in New York.
These days, she teaches. She even gave some advice to 7News reporter Brandon Beyer.
Steinthal can help almost anyone get used to it. Still, that wasn’t enough to get Beyer back into shape.
“I don’t think I have what it takes. Not like you guys,” he said.
But the Follies have what it takes, and they love to dance.
“It definitely keeps us young. We believe that by continuing to dance, we were able to stay young and healthy,” Steinthal said.
And when they put on a show, all the money raised goes to charities that help children in South Florida.
“It’s a wonderful thing for us, but it also helps the community, and that’s what makes it so special,” said cast member Joyce Listro.
Maybe they’re onto something here. Dancing and giving back might be the magic combination that has one dancer still doing splits at 93.
The New Florida Follies have tour dates booked through March. For more information on timetables and tickets, click on here.
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