Milwaukee’s ‘Dancing Grannies’ Devastated By Parade Crash

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Three members of the group were killed after the driver of a red SUV roared during a Christmas parade in Waukesha on Sunday.

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mini Falda. Sparkling pomp. Sassy hip shakes. grandson.

They’re the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a marching, dancing holiday fixture in Wisconsin for nearly 40 years, and a joyous twist on America’s hopes that the parade consists primarily of school-age dance troupes.

But tragedy struck the group when they hit another main street on Sunday, with holiday music playing around them, killing three grandmothers.

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“Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of a crowd in a parade,” the group said in a statement Monday morning. “Bringing smiles on the faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness.”

late Sunday evening, The driver of a red SUV roars during a Christmas parade in the suburban Milwaukee city of Waukesha, killing at least five people And 48 were injured, according to officials. Police said he had left the scene of a domestic dispute and did not know anyone in the parade when he walked in.

not even an hour ago, grannies had Called fans on his Facebook page.

“Wakesha here we come!!!” Post shouted. “Grandma is starting her holiday parade.”

Dancing Grannies grew out of an exercise class in 1984 with dozens of women, most in their mid-50s to early 70s, who cycled in and out of the group over the years. They have only one requirement: you need to be a grandmother.

Police have identified the dead as 79-year-old Virginia Sorenson; Lianna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; and Wilhelm Hospel, 81. The three women were members of the Grannies, and Hospel reportedly helped the troupe with their shows.

Jane Kulich, 52, also passed away. Local news reports said he worked for a local branch of Citizens Bank, which issued a statement saying an employee was “walking with our parade float” when he was struck and killed. The bank did not identify the employee.

Sorenson, a dance lover who had to give up the hobby years ago after surgery, was the group’s longtime choreographer.

“It was like I lost a best friend” when she had to stop dancing, she told Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT in an August story about the group. Grandma brought back that happiness. “I love it, and I love women.”

Her husband of nearly 60 years, David Sorenson, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel how much he loved working with the grannies.

“What did she like about it? Everything,” said Sorenson. “She liked the directions. He liked the dance and camaraderie of women. He loved to perform. ,

And, he added: “He taught me to do Cancun.”


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