Thursday, December 18, 2014


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


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.

Now - back to serious work!  We've got six shows to do!

Jan 25, 2015 - Omni Auditorium - Preview Performance
Tickets are ONLY $20 PER PERSON.  Get yours now!!!
Click on Contact Page to order tickets by phone, or

Scroll down to see the other venues in another post below.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


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 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 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!



Sunday, May 18, 2014


The Fabulous "Precious Gems" (all over 80!)



             FOLLIES  PRESENTS:

            ALL SHOWS START AT 1:45 PM.

Call Venue Reps below to order your tickets!

Sun, Jan 25                    OMNI AUDITORIUM
Coconut Creek             Jim & Bev  954-454-2457
1000 Coconut Creek Blvd,      Coconut Creek, FL 33066
Tickets   $20 each – Preview Performance only
                   Group Rates Available.

      20101 Lyons Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33434
Sunday, Feb 8         Ruth           561-749-0016
Sunday, Feb 15      Sylvia         954-720-1880
Sunday, Feb 22      Sherry        561-338-6860
Sunday, Mar  8     Jack & Joe     561-391-8253
   Tickets  $28 each – Group Rates Available.

Sunday, Mar 15     PARKER PLAYHOUSE   
707 NE 8th St,       Ft. Lauderdale,        FL 33304
           Direct Line  954-462-0222  #1        or  
Tickets   $28 each plus Parker Restoration Fee
                  Group Rates Available.



Thursday, April 24, 2014

SENIOR IDOL SHOW 5-18-14 - 2:00 PM

                      Ten of the seventeen lovely
                           Follies ladies performing for
                                      Senior Idol Show
                                        2:00 PM
                            SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014
                      PARKER PLAYHOUSE
                      707 NE 8TH STREET
                      FT LAUDERDALE, FL
                               This year, as in years past,
                            The  Original Florida  Follies
                             Dancers will be opening the
                                 SENIOR IDOL SHOW
                            with their exciting Broadway
                             style Rockette tap number!!!
                              FOR TICKETS 
                         CALL 954-462-0222

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Cathy Dooley, Founder of
The Original Florida Follies
holding her Award!
While teaching in her New York studio years ago,
many of Cathy Dooley's students became
Radio City Music Hall Rockettes!
We are proud to report that at the Hotel Riviera in
Miami Beach, The Radio City Music Hall Rockette
Alumnae Association presented Cathy with
a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding work as a
Teacher, Director, Choreographer and Humanitarian!