The St. Louis Strutters was founded in 1985 by former Vaudevillians and Professional dancers Pat Bruder, Anita Davis and Delores Rehling. The troupe has always attracted accomplished dancers, most of whom have performed professionally or who have taught dance at some point in their lives. When the group first started it consisted of five retired dancers with solo and chorus line experience who got together weekly for a tap workout. Today, 35 years later, the Strutters comprised of 12 dancers travel to over 85 performances each year performing to all genres of music to fit the occasion. In addition to weekly all-day rehearsals at a dance studio located in St. Louis County the Strutters perform on the average of one to two one-hour shows each week showcasing originally designed costumes. The STLS are proud to announce to their audiences they have raised and donated over $175,000 to help a variety of social and communal needs throughout the country. The STLS were invited to audition in Chicago for the “America’s Got Talent” Judges, Sharon Osborne, Pierce Morgan and Howie Mandel. They have, also, been invited to appear with Broadway-casts in productions at the St. Louis Muny Opera in Forest Park and for the Ms. Senior America Pageant in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, New Jersey.
"In no time at all word spread throughout the community highlighting the spirited dancing of the group. Dancers began to receive requests to perform at venues locally and throughout the country."