Every Monday morning, the Omaha Dancing Grannies meet in a dance studio for practice.
Before they put on their tap shoes, the 19 women start with a brief business meeting.
At one of the recent meetings, the members — ranging in age from late 50s to early 80s — decided that their annual charitable donation would go to Goodfellows, The World-Herald’s charity.
Their $100 gift was in honor of Jean Granlund, one of the group’s original members. After three decades of dancing with the other “grannies,” Granlund, 85, recently moved to California to be closer to family.
“We wanted to find a way to send her off and thank her for her years of dedication,” said Sherry Fletcher, one of the group’s members. Goodfellows is one of Granlund’s favorite charities.
The holiday season can get a little slower for the Dancing Grannies, Fletcher said, but they still are performing about once a week, mostly for assisted living or rehabilitation facilities and the occasional birthday party. The group has more than 25 routines and a closet full of costumes, including sequined blouses and poodle skirts. Many of the newer members practice a full year before their tapping is performance-ready.
“We love performing,” Fletcher said. “We have a lot of fun.”