Senior dancers star in movie at Fort Myers Film Festival

It’s a scorching Saturday morning in Cape Coral, but that won’t stop the Calendar Girls.

The dance team shows up right on time at the Cape Coral Farmer’s Market, and they’re dressed to impress in tank tops, fishnet stockings and colorful tutus.

Then the music plays, the women pick up their pom-poms and flags, and they do that thing they do.

They dance.

They shake their booties to “Shake Your Booty.” They wave flags to “God Bless America.” They hula-dance to “Under the Sea.” And they get funky to “Uptown Funk.”

And despite the blazing sun, several shoppers take time out from their cucumbers and raw honey to soak up the show in the Club Square parking lot.

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A still from the documentary "Calendar Girls," premiering at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The inspirational, full-length feature follows the Southwest Florida dance troupe of the same name.

The small audience smiles, cheers and claps along to the music, including Catherine Norton of Cape Coral. She loves the Calendar Girls so much, she says, she brought along a friend to check out their performance.

“I think that they’re so much fun,” Norton says. “They’re smiling so big, you can just tell they’re having a blast. … And I love what they stand for.”

Kenneth Proto

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