1959 Westchester Lariats Dance group, Little "Lynny" is middle center.
The Westchester Lariats was founded in 1950 by Dr. and Mrs. J. Tillman Hall. It started as an extension of the Friday afternoon square dance classes taught by Dr. Hall at the request of neighborhood parents in Westchester. Dr. Hall said, “I was a college teacher most of my professional life, but always loved teaching kids. Dancing was a part of my rural life as a youngster, and so I agreed to teach the classes as a way to help my own children and others to develop self-confidence, social skills and to have fun.”
Grouped by age, students ranged from second grade through high school and paid $5 for 15 one-hour lessons. Dr. and Mrs. Hall recently recalled that it wasn’t long before some of the youngsters were so accomplished they were being asked to perform at local service and social club events. The Lariats was formed to provide these students, selected on the basis of skill, personal character and grades in school, with an opportunity to be further challenged by guest choreographers and to perform what they learned. Draw for the dance classes and the performing Lariats soon expanded to nearby communities, and participants ranged from 8 to 24 years of age.
J. Tillman Hall, a USC physical education professor who founded the Westchester Lariats folk dance troupe in 1950.
I been doing some research and found out information that you may have met Walt Disney personally. It said in the article you were a member of a dance group, and you did annual shows at Disneyland. You one of the better dancers of the group, standing out to Disney, he once handed you a trophy at that event right at Disneyland. Wow, that must have been absolutely amazing for you as a kid, many wouldn't even know you got around so much. I see you also toured on a bus, a sign of things to come like a premonition or something. It said that you also met many Hollywood types such as Gene Kelley who would stop in and watch your performances live, then visit you back stage. I loved reading about the time where Walt Disney himself said you were the best act at the Disneyland Christmas party at Disney ranch, and the same place, you also got to see, the famous Ray Bolger from the Wizard of Oz. It said he sang a song in a canoe that night before falling in the water, amazing things you have seen Lynette, why don't anyone know this stuff, someone should tell the media, hey, look this girl Lynette Fromme is more than Manson and that Family.