The 2022 Aqua Follies


Don’t miss the Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream Spirit Night Fundraiser for the Aquadettes, Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 23615 El Toro Rd., Lake Forest. The Aquadettes will receive 20% of all menu items purchased by their supporters at Handel’s Ice Cream in Lake Forest. All you need to do is go to Handel’s Lake Forest the day of the Fundraiser, make your purchase, and say you are there for the Aquadettes Fundraiser. Click below to download flyer.

“Discovering Laguna Woods” Visits the Aquadettes in June, 2022.

The popular half-hour Village Television show, hosted by resident Cyndee Whitney, airs Wednesdays and Sundays at 9:30 am — and features the Aquadettes in June (or view the program here via YouTube). Cyndee opens the show interviewing Village resident Jan Levinrad, a volunteer swimming instructor, and Kathryn Hungness, one of her students.

At 12 minutes, 40 seconds (12:40) into the show, Cyndee visits an Aquadettes practice session where she speaks with Aquadettes President Kim Knotts (above) about the synchronized swimming group’s annual Aqua Follies 2022, to be held in September. At 14:34, Kim tells viewers how they can help finance this year’s show through a Village Community Fund donation. At 17:00, viewers meet a new Aquadette-in-training, Denise Legters. An artist and dancer, Denise shares an inspiring story about how she came to join the Aquadettes.

Come dance with the Aquadettes and The Nomads on March 31! (No, not in the pool!). This is a fund raiser to support the annual 2022 Aquafollies to be held in Sepember. The Aquadettes-Nomads Dance will be held at Club House One on March 31, 2022, 6:00-9:00p.m. and will feature dancing, a no-host bar, appetizers, raffle and silent auction. You  can  show your support by purchasing a ticket ($12 early bird on-line or $15 at the door).  Additionally, consider making a tax deductible contribution to this  56 year old tradition in  Laguna Woods Village, to the Village Community Fund at:

Pictured…Margaret Marflitt,  Judy Sterrett Rizzo, Marina Levitanus, Sydney Stephan, Jodie West, Karen Spencer Cruz, Bunny Quartararo, Jon Pearlstone (lead singer of the Nomads), Patricia Bell, Chris,Willshire, Kim Knotts, Nancy Baldwin

The 2022 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 Hooghly, 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