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If there still were such things as a “dance cards”---theirs’ would be full. As it is, these women are in demand by top Boston choreographers like Sean Murphy and Tommy Neblett. This might not be surprising if they weren’t all seniors. The performance this past week, called “There’s a Dance in the Ol’ Dame Yet” is sponsored by Prometheus Dance for “post-professional dancers aged 55-85.”
This particular performance kicked off a series of concerts at the Cambridge Dance Complex called “Tuesdays at Noon.” The interconnected pieces these women performed combined dance, improv, theater and a wee bit of performance art (but not enough to be scary).
They acted up a storm with lawn chairs as props. They danced with, around, under and in the chairs and they each told us their own story. What stories they were, as elegant and diverse ---and funny--- as the choreography (by Diane Arvanites and Neblett and company). The performance title comes from dynamo Betty Milhendler. Eleanor Duckworth always wanted to “change the world” and now she does, one dance as at time. This was Vicky Steinitz first performance (if you don’t count junior high school) although she’s no wallflower where community activism is concerned. The stories amaze. The energy is infectious. The spirit feels like the women’s movement all over again. And when one man in the audience asked if they’d take him under their wing, it was a resounding YES.