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Our Next Tap Revue is schedule for March 2, 2019 & March 6, 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

 
TArtistic Director, Stephani Szoke

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.

Kathy is the Club President - 2018-2019
   
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Pam

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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

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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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Roy 

  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.
   

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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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.

 

   
   
   
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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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