Dancer Mary Mazetta still going strong at 92
The Coquettes at the 2016 South Florida Fair
Seniors tap their toes in North Palm
By PAMELA BARKER
Community Reporter/Social Media Editor
North Palm Beach Life
Recently, I entered the rehearsal area for the dance troupe, The Coquettes, in North Palm Beach, and almost the first thing I heard someone say was..."...go on with the show."
At a recent performance one of the dancers, Mary Mazzetta, had taken a tumble (thankfully, she said she is sore, but okay) when the sole of her ballet slipper didn't move when she did.
After meeting and speaking with some of these talented ladies, I have no doubt going on with the show is not simply a slogan they say to each other in rehearsals.
The Coquettes & Company is a senior dance group with ages ranging from 55 to 96 (yes, 96), and the ladies are currently in the midst of rehearsals for a number of holiday performances.
After rehearsal, a few of the ladies sat down with me, and their enthusiasm for performing bubbled forth.
Entertaining audiences at a number of facilities in the area, almost year-round, the group is joined each week by guest singers and musicians. Last year, they performed in over 30 events.
Sounds tiring, but Director Mary Mazzetta made sure to let me know about one member -- Betty Schranck -- who is 96 years old. One look at Betty and I did not believe it. After a two-hour rehearsal, her posture, hair and make-up were impeccable. Not to mention she was an absolute delight to meet. When I asked her how long she had been dancing, she said, "Pretty much all my life."
I'd say that speaks pretty highly of the benefits of dance.
Some of this non-profit troupe have taken on more than dance steps. They also handle pertinent business duties.
Nancy Chandler-Bookings (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Donna Wenger-Public Relations (email@example.com)
Donna Wenger handles the public relations for the group, but when I learned she also does lip-synch to such songs as, "Hello, Dolly," I knew I was going to do my best to attend one of their upcoming performances.
You can catch Donna, Mary, Nancy, Betty, Chris and all the ladies, for their Christmas Cabaret, on Tuesday, December 22, 10:00 a.m., Osborne Park, North Palm Beach. It is free and wheelchair accessible. Call 561-841-3386 to RSVP.
Oh, if you are 55 and up, and have an interest in joining them, they welcome you, but having a little bit of tap experience really helps. A lot.
Brava, ladies. You rock!