About the Show

Like many little girls, I started taking Ballet lessons at age five. Unlike many, I continued to dance (Les Feux-Follets company), touring cross-Canada and dancing on the Ed Sullivan Show (live from CBS Theatre in New York City!) while still a teen-ager.

Though born and raised in Montreal, Boston’s been home for the past 40 years. I love my day job (www.DianeRipstein.com) but my heart is determined to return to my first love, the stage.

The stories and characters in the show are an “homage” to generations of family, love, loss and laughter, the universal themes resonating with audiences young and old.

Our intrepid host, The Bubbe, is based on my imagined Russian-Rumanian female ancestors. She speaks her mind, and her secret to aging gracefully? Keep moving!

And it’s true. From youth to mid-age, the rhythm of life keeps pulling me back to the dance floor. L’Chayim. To life!

P.S. We often heard the phrase, “Move on the Cha-Cha’s” around the house growing up. You’ll hear my late Father’s story explaining what it means.

This show has come to life through Nocas Productions (named after my sons Noah and Lucas!) and we’re proud to partner with:

Bobbie Steinbach

Bobbie Steinbach

Longtime Boston actress, recipient of Fox Foundation Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement, Bobbie most recently appeared in Lyric Stage’s Twelfth Night.


Sara DeViney

Sara DeViney

NYC based creative producer, Sara’s recent credits: Letters to the President in partnership with The Great Hall at Cooper Union. Coming up: site specific immersive concert: Kill the Whale: A Musical Odyssey


Ilyse Robbins

Ilyse Robbins

Trained in Chicago and London, Ilyse Robbins is an Elliot Norton Award winning Director / Choreographer based in Boston, MA.