Dancing Queens perform

 

Mama’s Senior Dancing Queens (Carol Dunt, Debi Kloberdanz and Cindy Souhrada), with their iridescent blue jumpsuits and flashing rings, admit they are seniors and get a little winded from their presentation at times. Despite that, they gave quite a performance.

Mama’s Senior Dancing Queens (Carol Dunt, Debi Kloberdanz and Cindy Souhrada), with their iridescent blue jumpsuits and flashing rings, admit they are seniors and get a little winded from their presentation at times. Despite that, they gave quite a performance.

By Marcie Klomp
What young girl, or boy for that matter, in the privacy of their bedroom, didn’t pick up that hairbrush or rolled up paper and sing to the radio? Maybe they dreamed of being Mick Jagger, Donny or Marie, Linda Ronstadt, Sting or maybe even Lady Gaga.

It might have taken them a few years, but there are a few gals in the area who are making that dream come true by performing songs by their favorite group from the 70s . . . ABBA!

Mama’s Senior Dancing Queens did just that at the 10th annual Mother’s Day Salad Luncheon in Lime Springs on May 10.
Carol Dunt, Debi Kloberdanz, Cindy Souhrada and crew put on a splendid show to a record crowd. The Community Club ran out of door prize tickets and had to improvise for the added visitors.

Kloberdanz explained the group, “We are old ladies with a passion for Abba.” She said they were happy to return to Lime Springs as the first parade they participated in was at Sweet Corn Days three years ago, where they won first place! She also pointed out two women who most influenced her life—her mother, Angie Drtina, and K-2 teacher, Rosella Fausnaugh.
Although the group might have been 30-40 years in the making, it has only been in the last three years since the ladies came together and put their dream to music and dance.

“This was the right time to do this,” Dunt smiled. “It was meant to be.”
The group actually started with Karen Pecinovsky. She got in touch with her sister, Kloberdanz, and Dunt. Dunt had also been fantasizing about forming a group since she saw the movie “Mama Mia” in San Francisco 10 years earlier.

Every week, starting January 2011, the ladies practiced in a basement. They had help with choreography from then Crestwood cheerleading coach Lindsey Steinmetz and more recently Mary Hovey. Other helpers are Dunt’s husband, Bim, Kloberdanz’s husband, Dan, and Hovey’s husband, Gary.
All their families and friends are happy for the seniors.

“They think it’s awesome. And it keeps us in shape, that’s for sure,” Carol laughed.

Within six months, they had perfected six song and dance routines. It seemed like their dream was taking shape.

In October 2011, Pecinovsky gave up her spot in the group to Souhrada, who has been with them ever since.

Kennie Waller of Schley was recruited to help with lights and sounds. He later worked his way into the format by performing some Platters songs, of course with accompaniment from the Queens!

“We love putting joy on their faces. Even if they don’t love ABBA, they get such enjoyment out of our costumes,” Carol explained. “We’re not doing it for the glory. We do it for the people.”

The group has performed at parade, reunions, and other venues. They were happy to return to their roots of Lime Springs area. “We want to thank Nancy Miller for inviting us to the Salad Luncheon,” Carol said. “The committee was so gracious to us.”

Anyone who missed Mama’s Senior Dancing Queens can see them again at Eitzen, Minn. on June 5 and Winona, Minn. on June 19. Find out where on their Facebook page (Mama’s Senior Dancing Queens).

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