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Our Next Tap Revue is schedule for March 2019

   

 

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Season begins in November and we will start a new beginners class.  Contact Kathy Betts for details  480-319-9036

   

 

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Our Dancers

 
  The Sunsational Sunsationals  
Artistic Director, Stephani Szoke

Linda

   
LindaP When Linda was younger she and her brother took lessons and danced together as a brother-sister team.  Then she got busy raising a family and working in Administration for the City of Ogden.  Although she always loved to dance, she didn't give much thought to tap dancing until in 2004 a friend suggested that she join the Sunsationals.  She is not only a talented tap dancer, but she also participates with the Sunsationals Jazz and Clogging groups. Linda also brings to the club her talent for designing and sewing costumes.  In her spare time she and her husband Pete enjoy golfing, snow skiing and traveling by land, sea or air. 

 Linda is currently serving as the Club's President (2015-2017)
   
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Nancy

Nancy2  At a young age Nancy secretly wished that she could tap dance, but her mom always felt she was too frail for such activity.  It wasn't until after she retired from over 33 years working in the aerospace industry that Nancy moved to Sunland Village East, joined the Sunsationals tap dance club and finally fulfilled her dream to learn how to tap dance.  That was in 2004.  Nancy also belongs to an extension of the Sunsationals that learns and perfoms jazz and clogging routines.  "I think dancing helps to keep me young in both body and mind, but the most fun is in the people you meet through dancing.  It's especially fun to see the smiles from the people in the audience."  When not dancing Nancy loves traveling with her husband, Vic, and their dog, Sedona.  Nancy is also certified as a flight instructor and when not dancing or traveling via the road, she and Vic get airbourne as often as possible.
 
  Nancy is currently the Club's secretary and webmaster.  She has also served the club as President 2009 - 2011.
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Glenda

Glenda  Glenda always wanted to learn how to tap dance and joined the Sunsationals in 2003 so she could fulfill that dream.  Over the years she has added several types of dance to her repertoire but she especially enjoys the jazz dances she has learned.  “Cabaret” and “These Boots” were some of her favorites.  As much as dancing and performing, Glenda enjoys all the friends she has made.  She likes having fun and dancing is a great way to do that.
 
 
  Glenda is currently the club's Vice President and she has also served as the Club's President 2007 - 2009.
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Alicia

alicia  When Alicia moved to Sunland Village East in 1999 she read about the Sunsationals in the community newspaper and decided to give the dance group a try. The group is fortunate to have her as she brings many talents that she shares with the Club members.  Prior to joining the Sunsationals, Alicia tapped for 5 years under the direction of the famous Ann Spizak at the Spizak Dance Acadamy in Phoenix.   Alicia devotes much of her time to recruiting new dancers and when asked what her favorite dance routines have been over the years she answers that she loves most of the dances choreographed by the Club's  instructor and director, Stephani Szoki, but she expecially enjoys dancing to Sea Cruise, Alexander's Ragtime Band and Y.M.C.A.   Alicia and her husband David have two sons and five beautiful grandchildren.  She tells us that "other than being with my grandchildren, dancing is my life. "

Alicia has served as President of the Sunsationals and currently heads up the Club's recruitment activities.
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Sandy

Sandy 

Sandy is one of our few dancers who brought years of dancing

experience with her when she joined the Club.  Having danced as a

young girl, Sandy again took up the activity when she and her (late)

husband retired to Arizona in 1983.  For the next 22 years Sandy

enthusiastically danced with the "Forever Young Dancers of Scottsdale"

under the direction of a former New York City Rockette, Twila Stern.

Sandy is fortunate to have performed at many venues around the valley

as well as Laughlin, NV, on a Bermuda Cruise, and in Hollywood, CA.

In 2008 Sandy joined the Sunsationals and has smoothy tapped her way

into 4 Dance Reviews. Before moving to Arizona Sandy worked in

Buffalo, New York as the executive secretary to the president of the

company where she worked for 22 years.  She also loves traveling,

family & friends visiting her here in AZ. Favorite Saying is “Gotta

Dance”.

 
 
   
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Sharon

Sharon  Sharon decided to look into tap dancing after having back surgery and deciding that it was time to become more active.  She read in the community newspaper, the Outlook, about the SVE tap dance club and thought this might be a fun way to stay active and get some exercise.  Before joining the tap club in 2007 Sharon had no tap dance experience but has caught on fast. She has performed in several dances but especially enjoys dancing to "No Business Like Show Business".  In her younger years Sharon worked for 5 years as a flight attendant with Western Airlines, then she changed jobs and worked in the Personel Department at ASU until she retired.  Sharon is always ready to volunteer to help the club in any way possible.  She is called the "Sunshine Girl" because of the cheerful way that she helps the Club celebrate birthdays and special occasions.  If you want some cheering up, just take a look at Sharon..... she's the one with the big smile!
 
 
  Sharon is currently the Club's Treasurer.

Kathy

kathy Kathy was raised in Milwaukee, WI and tapped for 7 years as a young girl. Then, in the early 90's, she danced again when she lived in Iowa.  She and her husband Roger moved into SVE in 2009 and in 2012 she joined the Sunsationals. She's discovered that her body doesn't move the same as it did 20 years ago, but she still enjoys everything about the dance group, not only the dancing, but also the gals and the teacher.  In her spare time Kathy and her husband enjoy square dancing and spending time with their 4 granddaughters.  They spend their summers in beautiful Colorado and enjoy having others visit to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and the cool weather.
   
   
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Darlene

Darlene  Darlene has spent a lot of time dancing, but before joining the Sunsationals in 2004  her dancing consisted of two-step, swing and waltzing with her husband Bob.  When Darlene joined the Sunsationals she may have been a novice to tap dancing, but not to performing.  She and Bob previously belonged to a country dance team that performed in nursing homes, at fairs and other events.  They  even won 1st place in a country dance competion in Illinois.  Currently Darlene is an active participant with the Sunsationals.  She not only taps, but she also performs clogging and jazz.  Darlene is quick to volunteer whenever anything needs to be done.   When not dancing Darlene enjoys being with her family.   She also participates in a Computer Club, Genealogy and loves playing Rolle Bolle.
 
 
  Darlene has served as Club treasurer and has also served on the Executive Committee and many other committees within the organization.
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"B"

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B moved to SVE in August of 2013 after living North of Apache Junction for 27 years with her husband Rusty.  Rusty he passed away in 2013, so a year later B found a house in SVE and since her dance instructor from Apache Jct was retiring, B was happy when she found the SVE Sunsationals.  B says she really likes the SVE dance troupe and enjoys all the people. She's states that she is "learning a lot and it's good for me. Love it."

 

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Joyce

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Joyce joined the Sunsationals in the fall of 2007. She loved how everyone was so friendly and helpful to someone who hadn’t ever danced. Joyce had always wanted to tap dance after watching all those Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor movies and says that she really wanted to dance up the walls. Somewhere along the way Joyce moved from dancing to filling the role of Emcee. She really enjoys being the Emcee and working on the production of our shows. Joyce says that she is grateful to the Sunsationals for letting her fulfill one of her dreams.

 
 
  Joyce has served the club as Vice President (2009 - 2011) and as MC at performances.
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Susie 

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This is Susie Sunsational. There is a rumor that she may have been one of the founding members of the Club. She's not going to confirm or deny that rumor, you can decide for yourself. Susie usually found in the company of Joyce (the emcee) but she's thinking of getting out on my own. Be sure and catch our next show. She says that she will see you there.

 
 
   
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Connie

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Connie loves, loves, loves to dance.  She dreamed of being a broadway dancer her entire life, but  grew up in a tiny community where the only tap dance she had was when she was 5 years old.  In the 1980's clogging came to town and she picked it up immediately.  She even taught clogging for 7 years.  Connie moved to Arizona in 2002 and in the fall of 2011 she was told by a friend about the Sunsationals.  It was love at first sight.  Connie participates in the tap, clogging, and jazz classes offered through the Sunsationals Tap Club.  She says that it keeps her brain going, feet going, and impact exercise for her bones!  She loves the ladies and has made so many good friends.  She thinks the dance teacher, Stephani, is wonderful.

 

Connie grew up in Hoquiam, WA, graduated from BYU with a teaching degree and has lived in Washington, Utah, Georgia, North Carolina, California, Idaho, and now Arizona, where she says she will stay!!! Connie has 6 children and 19 grandchildren.  She married her husband, Skip, in 2006 and now has 10 children and 36 grandchildren!

 
 
   
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Pam

pam 

From ballet and ballroom to tap, toe and hula, Pam has been dancing most of her life.  Years ago after seeing the Dancing Grannies group perform in several parades, Pam added to her bucket list,  " join a dance group in retirement".  She was delighted to find The Sunsationals Tap Dance Club and became a member in the fall of 2013.  Pam enjoys the challenges of learning the choreography and dancing with a group since much of her previous perfoming was solo.  She performed in her first Revue with the Sundationals in March 2015 and she looks forward to many more performances.  Pam's sister said she feels like she has come full circle from sewing sequins on recital costumes when Pam was a little girl to sewing costumes for her in retirement.  As a child Pam watched the Arthur Murray Party on TV.  At the end of each show Arthur Murray would say,"Put a little fun into your life - try dancing!"  She did and she does!

 
 
   
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Donna

Donna   
 
 
   
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Mary Jean

Mary Jean   
 
 
   
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Diana

Diana   
 
 
   
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Sue

Sue

After two children, Justin and Jodi, Sue went back to school to finish her degree in English.  For 22 years, she taught English at Mesa High School.  After retiring in 2009, Sue felt she had more to give, so Sue began rewarding work with Arizona State University as a supervisor for student teachers.   In 2013 Sue began singing with a group called The Loonie Tooners Kitchen Band where she sings tunes from the 30's and 40's for assisted living centers all over the valley.  This volunteer work brings her great joy, especially when she hears the audience sing along.   Sue read an article in the local paper about the Sunsationals and decided to try it out.  With having no dance experience she knew it would be tough, but she has found that she loves the dancing atmosphere.  Sue appreciates the difficult challenge it has been and loves the ladies who have helped her along her journey.  Sue hopes to stay a long time with the Sunsationals.

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Pat

Pat   
 
 
  Pat served as the Club's President from 2013-2015.
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Dixie

Dixie   
 
 
  Dixie has served as the Club's Treasurer.
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Roy  (currently inactive)

  RoyThere are not a whole lot of things Roy won't try.  He loves to stay active doing aerobics,  showing old cars and playing pickleball.  It was at an aerobics class when one of the Sunsationals dancers approached Roy and asked if he would like to learn to tap dance.  He only had two days each week available and those just happened to be the same two days that the tap dancers had their lessons and practice sessions.  It could not have been more perfect!  Roy brings a unique style to the Sunsationals and has performed with them from,2004 - 2011.  Although his job has kept him from being a regular member, Roy is more than happy to contribute his unique talents whenever needed, especially when he is asked to portray Elvis in a Sunsationals dance routine.  When Roy isn't dancing or doing other athletic activities he enjoys spending time with his wife, Clara Ann, his children and grandchildren.  He also works in real estate and sells both new and used homes.