Mystery Solved — Who Was Gee Gee Frederick?

Mystery Solved — Who Was Gee Gee Frederick?
Who was Gee Gee Frederick? 1961 Almonte Gazette
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Photo from Lorraine Nephine

Susan Elliott ToppingGee Gee taught the classes.

Cathy Byrne GilesI took tap dancing lessons with Gee Gee until I discovered the piano😀

Marilyn WhiteI took majorette instruction from GeeGee Fredricks in Carleton Place back in the late 50’s and early 60’s. We had our on troop and marched at the Ottawa Exhibition Parade and the parades in Carleton Place.

Bonnie Wood

I took majorette,tap dance,highland fling with Gee Gee Fredrick at the Carleton place town hall.Loved it!

Linda Gallipeau-JohnstonI remember thinking she had the coolest name!

Lorraine NephinMe too. I found a poster in my mom’s album I will post–

Another piece of history. I took many lessons from her over the 8 years I worked with her. She would always have a concert in the town hall auditorium at the end of the season. At the end of the recital she would come on stage and perform a routine using fire batons. They were batons with cloth on the ends that she soaked in fluid then lit and she would turn the lights down and do her performance. Thinking back now as an adult ,with the stage being made of wood and heavy curtains flanking the stage it is a wonder she never sent the stage on fire. Over the years, we did tap, clogs, ballet, Irish dancing, baton , danced like an Egyptian. Came back really sunburned doing marches in parades in Ottawa and Quebec with batons. Although, my mom worked full time ,she spent many nights tirelessly making costumesI remember once ,I was to go on stage and sing and tap dance. I entered the stage and I couldn’t remember any of the steps for the song. I had never sang to a real audience. I faked the steps and did manage to sing in public,but I told her I was never singing again on stage.

Nancy HudsonI remember my mother, Edna White, making lots of dance costumes for youngsters performing in GeeGee’s recitals at the town hall and also attending those recitals.

Nedda MunroI also attended her classes in dance and majorettes and the song that sticks with me is Singing In Rain!!Long time ago we actually travelled on the train to Quebec City Winter Fair.

Sandy FranceCanadian Member – Gee Gee Robinson Eva “Gee Gee” Robinson (nee Frederick) – Passed away at the Ottawa General Hospital on March 28th, 2012 at the age of 77. Gee Gee was born in Tipton Iowa on August 31, 1934 and at the age of seven she found her first true love – DANCE! At 13 she began teaching in her own studio and became a member of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists. After high school she was in a number of professional dance groups – the Tanzarettes in Chicago, the Helen Parker Dancers, The Winged Victory Chorus,the International Lucky Girls, the Gene Autry Road Show and The Vocal Lovelies – to name a few!! In 1958 she moved to Ottawa, Canada where she set up her own studio, taught The Rough Rider Majorettes, was a workshop instructor, a contest director and registered judge with NBTA, USTA, ISMA and TU working both the US and Canada. In 1970 Gee Gee became a devotee of Middle Eastern dance – she studied with many teachers and studied and toured Morocco, Greece, Crete, Portugal, Spain, Egypt and Turkey. Gee taught Middle Eastern dance at the Ottawa Carleton School Board for over 25 years, was president of the OMEDA and was director, choreographer and costumer for Shen Dance. Gee Gee discovered the Sacred Dance Guild in the early 2000’s and loved attending Festivals and giving impromptu Middle Eastern Dance classes anywhere she could! We will miss her greatly!—

Ross Dunn photo

Santa with the Ottawa Rough Riders Majorettes 1956

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
25 Apr 1969, Fri  •  Page 26

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
30 Sep 1963, Mon  •  Page 17

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
15 May 1980, Thu  •  Page 48
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
03 Jan 1995, Tue  •  Page 42
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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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