Francine M. Storey

FRANCINE M. STOREY: DANCER-WRITER was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She began dancing at an early age and performed professionally with the Long Beach Civic Light Opera, the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, the Saida Gerrard Modern Dance Company, “An American in Paris” at the Hollywood Bowl and Ballet La Jeunesse. At age 21, she moved to NYC to continue her career. She appeared in “To Broadway With Love” at the 1964 World’s Fair and in the Broadway Shows, “Bajour, Mata Hari and Cabaret.” Other dance jobs included “Arabian Nights” at Jones Beach, Minsky’s, and stints at both the Latin Quarter and the Copacabana Nightclubs. At age 32, she began to write. Subsequently, her Verse-Drama “The Barbed Wire Cradle” was produced at the Cubiculo Theatre. She won the “Dylan Thomas Poetry Prize” in 1980 from The New School for her poem “Instructions for Search” which was then filmed by Jerome Hamlin of “Third Wave Media” and premiered at the Explorers Club. Her poetry has been published by “The Journal of Irish Literature, The Irish Times, The Max Plank Institute, and Africa Geographic” among others. She had monologues published in the 3 volumes of “By Actors, For Actors” and Inspirational stories published in the “Chocolate Series” by Simon and Schuster. She lives in NYC near Times Square.

Our Crowning Glory, by Francine M. Storey

I was a 14 year-old dancer living with my family in Long Beach, California when I was invited to join the Long Beach Civic Light Opera Company, which was a semi-professional organization at that time. I was thrilled. Not only did I get to dance, but as the youngest member of the company, I was lovingly… continue reading ›

Honoring Juanita Boyle (1939-2019)

Beloved Latin Quarter dancer, Juanita Boyle, passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 24th, 2019 at The Upper East Side Rehabilitation Center in Manhattan, following a short illness. Juanita attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She went on to perform at Lou Walters’ World Famous Latin Quarter, the legendary Copacabana and Jack Silverman’s International Theatre and Restaurant…. continue reading ›