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Dancin' Machines

Friday, October 5, 2007

Rejuvenating friendships while making people laugh is the purpose of the Recycled Rockettes. Nancy Knox and the Rockettes entertained residents at the Center Point Fall Festival. Ivy Jackson Photo
The Recycled Rockettes are sexy, silly and happy to get a little goofy in order to make someone laugh. Dressed in fishnet stockings and wearing feather boas, the six-member group, who are all a youthful 68 this year, brought the house down with their comedy act at the Center Point Fall Festival recently.

When Margie Nelson, of Indianapolis, Shirley Karr, Martha Douglas and Mary Jo Hall, all from Gosport, Joan Love, Bloomington, and Center Point resident Nancy Knox got together in anticipation of the Gosport High School 50-year class reunion, they decided to do something special.

"We hadn't seen each other in 50 years. We used to get together during high school and put on shows, be in the plays," Douglas said about the origins of their group's comedy act. "We thought why not do it again for the reunion."

Nancy Knox (left) performs with the rest of the Recycled Rockettes at the Center Point Fall Festival. Other members of the Rockettes are Shirley Karr, Margie Nelson, Martha Douglas, Mary Jo Hall, and Joan Love. Ivy Jackson Photo
After renting some burlesque costumes, the women began practicing a few dance steps.

"We laughed so hard at each other our sides hurt," Douglas said. "It was so much fun."

When they stepped on stage to put on a show for their classmates, they were a hit. As word spread about the act, requests started coming in for them to perform at other area functions.

"It was too expensive to rent costumes for every show, so we decided to make our own," Knox said about trips to second-hand stores for materials for their burlesque inspired attire. "We had so much fun looking for everything."

The practice sessions allowed the women an opportunity to come together more often, rebuild friendships they had never forgotten but longed for.

Along the way, the small group helped each other through some rough spots in life.

"We found out we needed each other," Knox said. "We are so close once again after being apart for so many years. You just don't know how much this has meant to us, to get back together after all these years."

It was then the women decided on the purpose of the show.

"We decided our act would be uplifting for people," Douglas said. "It would be done in the spirit of fun, bringing people together for a good feeling."

Knox agreed.

"Our act is a reminder of a simpler time," she said. "It's something that people of all ages, young and old a like, can come together and enjoy a good laugh. We never expected anything like this to happen when we started."

To arrange for the Recycled Rockettes to appear at a function, call Nancy Knox at 835-5421.

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