Since January of 1996, nine cool ladies ranging from the ages of 26 to 50 have been shaking it up for charity. Collectively, Irene, Barb, Bernice, Jackie, Joan, Tracey, Kathy, Dayle, and Peggy prefer the moniker, The Graceliners, as they perform dance numbers while lip synching and singing renditions of many of the King of Rock ‘n Roll’s most popular songs
The Graceliners found each other in a line-dancing competition in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they came in third in the Canadian Elvis Tribute and Convention’s Show Stopper’s category. They have received much media coverage in Ontario and have appeared on many of Canada’s most popular television shows. Clad in white jumpsuits, Elvis wigs and sunglasses, these women have been overwhelmed by the public’s response and the constant requests for their presence at charity events, parades and community functions.
The Graceliners travel like the stars they are, bringing Elvis and his music to a new generation of listeners. Their fan club president travels with them wherever they go, along with their own road crew, which is comprised of caring husbands and family members. Their glitzy goodwill has gleaned much money for many diverse charities.
One of the women in the happy troupe has competed against men in Elvis look-alike contests and much to the chagrin of the men involved, won twice.
The Graceliners are quoted on their website as saying that “ they are “having more fun than people should be allowed to have.”
For Elvis lovers, wannabes and fans, the Graceliners are spreading their own brand of joy and entertainment for the public good.
The Graceliners can be reached for charitable events at their Facebook page:http://www.facebook.com./group.php?gid=15330848009
The King of Rock ‘n Roll would be proud of these nine ladies, even if by mistake they dared to step on his blue suede shoes.