Another Class Act
HEALTHSOUTH Rehab Center
seems to be a lack of entertainment at Plano Rehab Center.
Maybe it is
because the patients there are so happy that another weekend of rest has rolled
around. Pretty tedious labor all week getting all the body parts back in
working order, So, some weekend relaxation surely is in order and the folks at
HEALTHSOUTH in Plano seem to get the best entertainment around to help the
relaxation process. The combination of good workouts, good staff, good
relaxation, and good entertainment works wonders with aching body parts.
regular Saturday afternoon fun and games, soft drinks and
diversion for this particular Saturday was 'Class Act'. That happens to be the
name of a great group of young (at heart) ladies who all happen to be at least
50 years old and for the most part the average age of the group is 60. And,
they do tap dance routines. There are over 20 'young' ladies in this group and
they volunteer their time for nursing and retirement homes, at national and
state conventions, civic events, charity events, private parties, and parades.
was organized over 17 years ago and has given over 950 shows, for the most part
in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. But, they also have gone to state conventions; appeared in a made for TV movie; have been nominated for Volunteer Group of the Year in Dallas County; appeared on Good Morning Texas; performed at WFAA Family First meetings; won first place in the West End Cabaret Talent Show and in the National Show Stoppers Talent Competition; and they have been featured by Robert Miller in an article in the Dallas Morning News.
recently, 'Class Act' has performed for several senior and veterans events.
They did shows at the Golden Age Games, the Olympics for Veterans 55 and over,
and for the Merchant Marine National Convention held this past May at the DFW
Harvey Hotel. They were featured in a segment on the news on Channel 11 as an
active, dynamic, group of senior ladies.
The fact is
'Class Act' is a real Volunteer Organization - all performances are on a
volunteer basis. They have never charged for their over 900 appearances, but
they do accept donations to defray their operating and traveling costs. They
are a very diverse group of ladies, bound by their love of dance, their
dedication to volunteerism, and their commitment to community service. They
come from all walks of life, some retired, some homemakers, some work full time,
some part time. Professions represented are, Real Estate and Real Estate
Management, Nursing, Computer Programmers and Technicians, Airlines, Small
Business Owners, and Retail Sales and Service. Some have danced professionally
and some have never danced until they became part of the group. Some play
tennis, some do quilting. One acts and sings in theater productions. Many are
grandmothers. All are active in many ways in their community placing a high
priority on volunteerism and service, especially in the segments of the
community that are disadvantaged, neglected, or forgotten.
'young' ladies who performed at HEALTHSOUTH on this particular
Sue Thornton, Dallas, TX, a retired software engineer.
Starrett, Plano, TX, retired.
Carter, Dallas, TX, Property Management.
Coffee, Oak Cliff, TX, Nurse at Methodist Hospital.
Chandler, Richardson TX, Executive Assistant.
Frank, Richardson, TX, Executive Director for Promotional Products.
They did tap
dance routines in keeping with the season, this being the
Weekend. And, the costumes matched the season and the songs, such as Winter
Wonderland and Let It Snow. A couple of New York City Rockett's routines set to
Toy Soldiers and the Title song from '42nd Street'. It being the Holiday Season,
they did a spirited rendition of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bell
Rock. And a good time was had by all.
articles about HEALTHSOUTH see the August 2003 Issue of
Leo C. Helmer
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