December 1998

The Sensational Seniors

by Joseph H. RADDER

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The New Sensational Seniors, Inc., personifies the “Forever Young” attitude. This musical troupe—comprised of talented seniors ranging in age from 50 to 85—performs for other groups, organizations, facilities and the general public. Through singing, dancing and acting the New Sensational Seniors provide the inspiration for other seniors to discover their own personal creative outlets.

Director/Choreographer Sandy Callahan formed the New Sensational Seniors in 1995 after leading the Tonawanda Fitness and Dance Program for six years. Some of the performers are seasoned veterans, while for others the experience is altogether new. These vocalists and dancers hail from Canada to Varysburg (in Wyoming County) and get together at least once a week to rehearse at Dawn Marie’s Dance Studio on Elmwood Avenue.

The University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, Riviera Theatre, Albright Knox Art Gallery and Gowanda Hollywood Theatre are a few of the venues that have played host to the New Sensational Seniors performances. Recently, in November, the New Sensational Seniors presented the revue “Stepping Out - A Tribute to Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly” at the Lancaster Opera House. Shows are mainly tap, but more lyric and jazz numbers have been added lately.

Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.


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