Ms. Mae Kate Shannon was an honorary and devoted member of the Dazzling Diamonds Dancers. She passed away on July 30, 2011. She was a very special lady who really loved the Diamonds. Ms. Shannon will be truely missed by all who knew her.
R.I.P. to former Diamond, Mrs. Karyln Robinson Ellis. She will be missed dearly, but she's still dancing in heaven.
It’s a must for the Who’s Who of Florida’s Capital Hill to be in attendance at this annual gathering organized by the Florida Sports Foundation & the Florida Dept. of Elder Affairs. For good reason: Gov. Charlie Christ, cites this as one of his heartstring events. The Diamonds were invited to perform a whopping 5 numbers at ‘The Hill’s’ center-on-the-round in Tallahassee. They are already booked to return next year.
This is where The Diamonds were first coined as, ‘The Dazzling Diamonds’. This name sticks as well as the fanfare they receive. They are favorites at the historical landmark theatre that boasts some of America’s biggest celebrities in their Hall of Fame museum. Each time they perform there, they win accolades.
This event takes place across the U.S. and attracts thousands. It is the event that dancers anticipate and practice all year long for. Hopefuls cross their fingers to audition and be selected to perform at this event. The Diamonds were personally invited. They danced right into the crowds’ hearts. They quickly became the anthem for the seniors in attendance and the bridge that sealed the generational gap for the young.
This event is noted by the trade industry authority - Events in America, as an “America’s Best Trade Show Pick.” It took place at Jacksonville’s premier convention center, The Prime Osbourne and attracts 16,000 attendees annually. The Diamonds were the center of attraction and were the life of the party! They are already being sought after for an encore.
This is sponsored by The City of Jacksonville as Seniors’ Appreciation Day. It was held at the Metropolitan Park where many international musicians perform. It is the mainstage for the World of Nations and the world renowned Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The Diamonds spiced things up and were very well received. They will be a welcoming presence next year as well.