NEWS FROM VILLAGE COMMUNITY FUND
NEW YEAR, NEW LAGUNA WOODS PROJECT
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED FOR
The 2022 Aqua Follies
Presented by Laguna Woods Aquadettes
The popular, renown Laguna Woods Aquadettes are in rehearsals now for the September 2022 production of “The Aqua Follies”. The Aquadettes, a fun group of women with a common love of synchronized swimming, have been entertaining audiences for 56 years with their spectacular shows, typically one big performance per year in the Village. The last performance was in 2019, but the swimmers will perform for audiences again with an all-new show this September. But your financial support is needed to fund the production. Make a tax-deductible donation to the Village Community Fund now. Click on Donate Online for a donation form.
THE AQUA FOLLIES PRESENTED BY
LAGUNA WOODS AQUADETTES
The Aqua Follies will feature up to eight synchronized swimming routines set to Disney music including, When You Wish Upon A Star, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast. The show will conclude with the ever-popular and patriotic, God Bless America.
In 1965, the Aquadettes began as a group of all-female lifeguards who collaborated to host a synchronized swimming show and formally became a club one or two years later. Today, the Aquadettes practice twice a week (Mondays and Fridays 11 a.m. to noon) at Club House One. They will add an additional practice in May to gear up for their September performance.
The club has 15 members, with more than half who practice and will perform this September. Under the current leadership of club president, Kim Knotts, the Aquadettes are currently seeking new swimmers to join the group. “No prior swimming experience is necessary to join,” mentioned Knotts. “You just need to love the water and want to get active and stimulate your mind, body and memory.”
The women, ranging in age from 62-90, have been featured in National Geographic and other publications. They currently appear in the opening of the CBS hit comedy, “B Positive”. Now in its second season, the show airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. In 2020 they appeared on “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” on Disney+. Later this year, they will be featured in “The World Renown Aquadettes”, a documentary by Taryn Hough, a writer, director and producer of “The Last Doll Lady”, a 2017 documentary about Village resident Selma Bukstein.
It’s not too late to be part of this year’s performance. For more information about the Aquadettes, Kim at 949-632-4722 or Bunny at 949-290-6769. The water is pleasantly warm!
Leslie Anne Mogul, Director of Philanthropy, Village Community Fund