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DO40 HONORS CHRISTOPHER NELSON AND JOHN MINEO AT SHETLER STUDIOS PENTHOUSE APRIL 2, 2017

L to R Back: Lawrence Merritt, Sasha Spielvogel, Dick Korthaze, Shelley Frankel, Patti Mariano, Sandy Nance, Denise Pence Boockvor, Carolyn Kirsch, Steve Boockvor, Carole Schweid, Ken Urmnston, Jeff Richards (unknown friend) Darlene Larson. L to R Front: John Sefakis, Joy Serio Dunbar, Alan Gruet, Kyo Mineo, Eileen Casey, Julie Pars Cadenhead and Nancy Dalton.

Theater history buffs - THIS is where you needed to be Sunday night, with the men and women who steadfastly danced throughout the heyday of Broadway, sharing recollections and love for DO40 founding members Christopher Nelson and John Mineo who recently died within months of each other. Chris, the first DO40 President and John Mineo met with Eileen Casey, Zoya Leporska and Frank Pietri to form the organization over 22 years ago. Speakers included current DO40 President John Sefakis, Shelley Frankel, Joy Serio Dunbar, Steve Boockvor, DO40 board member Eileen Casey and John's wife Kyo Mineo.

John Mineo’s wife, Kyo, thanking our members for having this gathering.

From the audience, reminiscences from Carole Schweid, Carolyn Kirsch, Ken Urmston, Denise Pence Boockvor, Julie Pars Cadenhead, Darlene Larsen and Alan Gruet, Chris' partner. Also in the audience, Patti Mariano, Jeff Richards, Sandy Nance, Joel Benjamin, Virginia Seidel, and DO40 board members Nancy Dalton, Dick Korthaze, Lawrence Merritt, Sasha Spielvogel and Patrick McCarthy. We also toasted to our other members we have lost over the past four months: Chuck Kelley, Bob Audy, Gene Bayliss, Dennis Cole and James Maher.

Shelley Frankel, speaking about her friend (and first DO40 president) Chris Nelson.

Dancers - be you 40, 50 or 60+ please step up and claim your history and legacy as well, by becoming a member of Dancers Over 40. Dancers UNDER 40, please come and LEARN from our current members. You can't find these memories in ANY theater book (or documentary - unless Rick McKay interviews them after coming to our panels!).

DO40’S MARCH 15TH TROCKADERO EVENT  --

THE HISTORY, LEGACY AND LIVES OF A
GALLANT TROUPE WITH “OVER 40” YEARS OF HISTORY!

(L to R:  Chase Johnsey, Raffaele Morra, Robert Carter, Artistic Director Tory Dobrin,
Associate Director Isabel Martinez, Roy Fialkow and Peter Richards)

It's amazing how much in common DO40 has with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Each and everyone a trained professional dancer, with roles that inhabit their souls when they perform! And almost all.. over 40!! A truly eye opening look at the Trocks from 1974 to the present, with dancers from each decade (to the present!). Artistic Director Tory Dobrin moderated, with panelists Associate Director Isabel Martinez, Chase Johnsey, Robert Carter, Roy Fialkow, Raffaele Morra (pictured, demonstrating from Paquita) and Peter Richards, taking us through the ups and downs of the troupe - with a little demo on how they do - what they do! Great video of how they have evolved, especially with their 4 swans videos - decades apart! The Trocks tour approximately 35 weeks a year in over 125 venues and are well known throughout the world.

It was a pleasure hosting them! Special thanks to General Manager Liz Harler and Artistic Director Tory Dobrin for putting this all together! Another one for the history books - and the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, where all our DO40 history lives! DO40 Members will be able to view the panel discussion on our website, www.dancersover40.org starting next week! If you're not a member, you're missing out on a TON of dance history!!! Just click the join button on our website and start your journey!

Also on hand, our trusty DO40 volunteers after the program with host Richard Skipper
(L to R:  DO40 Board Member Sasha Spielvogel, Leni Anders, Sharon Wendrow and Sandy Nance)

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Members Only! Videos of this Event

ANOTHER GREAT CASTING SEMINAR FOR DO40 MEMBERS MARCH 20TH BY DO40 MEMBER DENISE PENCE : THE BUSINESS OF THE BUZZ!

The DO40 Students and their Teacher, Denise Pence!
(L to R back:  Kristine Nevins, Denise Pence, Joyce Nolen, Ginger Tidwell, Virginia Seidel
L to R front:  Mary Ann Hay, Sandy Nance, Patti Mariano, Eileen Casey and Darlene Larsen)

A great learning experience for our mature dance community March 20th at Shetler Studios in NYC - on how to navigate on the damn thing call Internet! Long-time DO40 member Denise Pence Boockvor helmed this 2 hour extravaganza that focused on how to make a website, Facebook, instagram, LinkedIn and e-blasts like MailChimp and Constant Contact. "Students" left with a nifty 3 -ring binder of the slide presentation so they can put into practice what they learned today! Thanks to Denise Pence Boockvor for being a great friend, member and teacher! Members attending included DO40 Board Member Eileen Casey, Darlene Larsen, Sandy Nance, Virginia Seidel, Joyce Nolen, Mary Ann Hay, Ginger Tidwell, and Kristine Nevins.   Another great PERK of being a card-carrying, dues-paying member of DO40!

Denise Pence clicking for the next slide!  Slide Show, notebooks…and homework for the students! 
Some even brought pencils (yes, they still make them!!)

Background Photo 2017 TROCKADERO PANEL, By Jeff Eason, Wilsonmodels, Inc