Thursday, April 9, 2015

CATHY DOOLEY HAS RETIRED!

       TRIBUTE TO CATHY DOOLEY
           "THERE WILL NEVER BE
              ANOTHER LIKE HER!"
At the Follies Cast Party on 3-19-15, Cathy Dooley
announced her retirement after almost 60 years
of teaching dance, choreographing, directing and
producing

           During the 15 years as Producer, Director, Choreographer and Mother to "The Original Florida Follies", we observed how our organization grew under her tutelage.  Cathy's determination - along with her instinctive creativity - made The Follies one of its kind in Florida.   To top all of this,  many  Children-in-Need organizations became monetary  recipients of her generosity to the tune of over $700,000!

           Fifty-eight years ago Cathy began her teaching career in a studio in Astoria, New York, from which nine of her students went on to become Radio City Rockettes.  After she came to Florida,  from 1990 through 2000, Cathy choreographed dance routines for the "Ziegfeld Girls of South Florida".   Some of the dancers encouraged Cathy to start her own Follies, and in 2001 their one show at Omni Auditorium featured 12 dancers, 5 showgirls, an MC and 2 assistants.  After word got around about Cathy and her troupe, the Follies' Omni show in 2002 had a full house!  Many new dancers, showgirls, models and acts and several venues were added over the years, but since 2009 audiences have flocked to three favorites: Omni, Olympic Heights Theater and Parker Playhouse.

          Because of all these accomplishments, she was invited as Guest of Honor at the 2014 Rockette Alumnae Association meeting in NYC and received a statuette for her outstanding teaching and directorial skills as well as for her humanitarianism. 

          Even though there have been team players helping her through the years, all this has been tremendous work for Cathy - physically, mentally and emotionally - and we understand her need to hand it over to those with younger vigor and energy.   We hate to see you go. . . . .but if you must. . . . . .
                         TO OUR CATHY -
WE RAISE OUR GLASSES TO YOU AND
WISH YOU GOOD HEALTH, HAPPINESS
AND BLESSINGS IN YOUR NEW
LEISURE LIFE!  HIP,HIP,HOORAY!
 

 

     

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AUDITIONS - FOLLIES 2016 SHOW!

 

THE ORIGINAL FLORIDA FOLLIES will be auditioning
dancers in April 2015 for their NEW 2016 SHOW!

Call:   954-445-4232   to set up your audition time.

Dancers who are 55 years (or older) and have experience
in tap and jazz may apply.  It is preferable that you are a
permanent resident of Florida and not a Snowbird.

Please come dressed in leotard and tights and bring tap
shoes.

Auditions will be held at our Studio:
RDA Dance
6285 West Sample Road
Coral Springs, FL  33067






Thursday, February 5, 2015

FOLLIES DANCER TURNS 80!

Lisa Evertz blowing out 80th Birthday Candles!

Lisa and husband, Richard, enjoying the festivities!

This year The Follies welcomed another "over 80"
Precious Gem to their roster of dancing Gems in this
Season's show,  "DANCE!  DANCE!  DANCE!"

We joined Lisa's celebration at the Coral Springs Country
Club on January 30th along with her family and friends
and were so happy to be there for this milestone occasion.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LISA!!!   AND MANY MORE!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FOLLIES HOLIDAY PARTY 12-13-14

Lois & Harvey Ginsburg, Dr.Ana Calderone-Randazzo (CEO of CDTC),
Dr. Barbara Weinstein (CEO of Family Central), Jim & Beverly Blatchley

Santa's Helpers: Cris Seber, Joanie Helgesen, Beverly
Blatchley, Cathy Dooley, Lois Ginsburg, Rona Rod

Again this year everyone worked very hard to help The Follies' Diaper Fund be a huge success!  Our charities (Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center and Family Central) were so appreciative of all the very needed diapers.   It's hard to believe that in our society there is such a huge shortage, and we were proud to donate the large amount of diapers and children's clothing that our members contributed.

            A big thank you to Beverly & Jim Blatchley and Lois & Harvey Ginsburg for shopping for all those diapers, searching for sales, using coupons to acquire so many and lugging them home, to the Brunch and then into the charities' cars.  It is never taken for granted the hard work that we all put in to helping our organization do the charitable work we set out to do.  We CAN AND DO do more than DANCE!!!  
                                         THANK YOU EVERYONE!   Cathy Dooley

                   Margaret Taylor did a terrific job organizing the Brunch.   In addition to the hours put into the Diaper Fund, Beverly Blatchley also made those delectible chocolates each one of us received!  The winner of the 50/50 Raffle ($150) was Virginia Page, who generously donated it back to The Follies - THANKS VIRGINIA!  (There is a Santa Claus!)

          Richard Williams, along with his guitarist, David, supplied the music, and Ellen Schwarz led the line dancing.  Dance Captain, Sandie Lech-Bloom, introduced our new dancers (Nicki Lazarus, Marlene Perlstein & Cheryl Steinthal) and new models (Emily Adams, Marjorie Borgese & Elaine Musick).  Welcome to The Follies Family!

          Our Welcoming Committee added flavor to our luncheon by greeting us at the door dressed in Holiday costumes!  Thank you Lois, Beverly, Rona, Joanie, and to our Candy Cane, Cris, and to Ethel, the Elf!
 
 

       

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FOLLIES HALLOWEEN FUN

Rehearsal on October 31, 2014 turned into some
Halloween fun!  Some of our dancers decided to
get into the spirit of the day with their Halloween
themed outfits!

From L to R:  Cindy Trinder, Love Crisson, Goodi
Stewart, Lois Ginsburg, Beverly Blatchley, Vivian
Jeffers, Joanie Helgesen, Rona Rod, Ethel
Beardsworth, Ruth Trimmer, Mariann Sudzus,
Margaret Taylor and Lisa Evertz.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NOSTALGIC AMERICA MAGAZINE

Babe Ruth
                         We all are familiar with the heart-
                           warming magazine, "Nostalgic
                            America" which brings back
                                memories of long ago.
 
                              In issue above, they ran a
                            beautiful ad of The Original
                             Florida Follies 2015 Show
                           Schedule complete with photo
                             of our gorgeous Showgirls.
Be sure to pick up a copy of their recent issue
so that you may enjoy all of the interesting articles.

 


Friday, June 27, 2014

CATHY DOOLEY HONORED AGAIN BY NYC ROCKETTES!

Cathy cutting her cake!

Michelle Koutsebelis, Cathy with former students, Shelley Offenther
 
 
Arlene Acker, Cathy, Sheila Phillips

Cathy Dooley Honored by Rockette Alumnae at Radio City Music Hall - June 22, 2014

 Cathy Dooley, an honorary Rockette, was the guest of honor at the Rockette Alumnae Association quarterly meeting held in NYC on June 22, 2014.  Upon her arrival at Radio City Music Hall Cathy was immediately whisked away for an interview with Hanna Meium, the RCMH archivist and present day Rockette.

 Cathy spoke about how 9 of her students went on to become Rockettes. The interview video will appear in the near future on the new Rockette Timeline historical web site http://www.rockettes.com/timeline.html?source=videos/2301245439 and on YouTube.

 After the interview Cathy attended the meeting and luncheon that had a large turnout of former Rockettes and members of the Alumnae Association. During the meeting some of Cathy’s former students who had gone on to become Rockettes got up and spoke about Cathy. They were called the Cathettes and they came from all over the country to honor Cathy. The Cathettes present were Katy Braff, Rosemary Posillico Noviello, Cookie Dutch Franzese, and Lucille Narr Saladino. They spoke about the type of teacher Cathy was. While kind, they said she was very demanding and tough on them, working them hard and encouraging them to be the best.    If you survived Cathy’s training, you were prepared to audition for the Rockettes. That’s why so many girls made the Rockettes.

Cathy spoke about how happy she was to be there. She discussed her background, the money donated to charities and how she is still very passionate about The Original Florida Follies and their mission.

After Cathy spoke, some of Barbara Anzalone’s students tap-danced to Liza Minelli’s “New York, New York” to salute Cathy. Sound familiar? The finale consisted of Arlene Acker and Sheila Phillips doing their rendition of “Rumor Has It”. As it had been staged for 10, the hoofers re-choreographed it for two dancers. The audience loved it, and Cathy was very proud and surprised as she had no idea that her dancers would be performing one of her works.

Patty DeCarlo Grantham, the President of the Association and organizer of the event, had a delicious cake (see photo) especially made for Cathy which everyone enjoyed!