“Dancing isn’t something that can be
explained in words, it has to be danced.”
My life seemed to revolve around Parkinson's until I discovered the Rockyettes more than 4 years ago. Now my life revolves around the Rockyettes, a dance troupe created by Ann Kennedy 15 years ago in Arvada, Colorado. Ann does it all—she’s the founder, director, instructor, choreographer and the costumer of the Rockyettes.
This is NOT a dance with Parkinson’s or dance for Parkinson’s group. It’s an opportunity for me to temporarily get away from Parkinson's and instead, focus on dance.
In fact, I may be the only active member of the dance troupe with Parkinson’s. And that’s just fine with me. I feel normal as I take classes, practice, attend rehearsals and perform with the dancers.
Members of the dance group have shared life’s ups and downs with illnessses, deaths and caring for ailing parents, but the focus remains on dance. The shows must go on in good times and bad.
We shared our love of dance with many audiences throughout the years as we did on June 7, 2012 when we celebrated our families and friends for their continuing support. Everyone pulled together to create a remarkable production. Our program included the following:
All Shook Up
Slide Some Oil to Me
Four Leaf Clover
No Bad News
Bye, Bye Blackbird
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
In the Mood
Hot Honey Rag
Swingtime in the Rockies
I'm in the middle of the first row in the photo below: