About Marilyn Stone
In Bakersfield, Debonaire Dancers is becoming Ballroom Bakersfield! Marilyn and Shari have been working toward this transition for over a year. With Shari now firmly planted in the central coast, it is time to finish the transition. A new website and Facebook page are in the works for Bakersfield. See all the new info below.
Ms. Marilyn Stone has been dancing, choreographing and teaching professionally for more than 30 years. Her love of dance actually started with gymnastic classes where Marilyn was required to take dance as a part of her training. It didn’t take long before the dance classes started overtaking her schedule and she was hooked.
Marilyn first took classes with Pat Jackson at the American Dance Studio in San Luis Obispo. She auditioned for her first dance job at the age of 19 and was off to perform in Japan with a 6-month contract. Once home, she continued her training and performing in both the Los Angeles area and Las Vegas.
Marilyn came to Bakersfield in the early 90’s and has been a part of the dance community here ever since. She taught at Dancers Workshop and then started a successful dance program for the North of the River Recreation Department. After several years with NOR, Marilyn joined Cindy Trueblood’s team at the very popular Civic Dance Center where she taught, trained, and performed for about 6 years.
During this time, Marilyn was also active in the theatre community. In fact, Marilyn first met Shari Fortino when she was hired to choreograph for the Bakersfield Melodrama. She also worked with, now Department Chair, Mandy Rees and choreographed a variety of musicals for the CSUB Theatre Department: Anything Goes, Company, Chicago, and Hairspray just to name a few. In addition, she was active in her church directing plays and skits for Vacation Bible School and other youth events. In recent years, Marilyn has participated in the local fundraiser “Dancing With the Stars” for the Stars Dinner Theatre where she was paired with local celebrities Robert Price and the following year, Aaron Perlman.
Marilyn has danced and trained with Shari on and off for over 10 years and is now teaching for Debonaire Dancers where she will eventually take over as Shari retires. In the meantime, they work together to bring the joy and gift of dance to the local community.