Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Friday, May 13, 2011

Teen Water Ballet Troupe: Synchronized to the White Stripes

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Time to reveal a San Francisco secret: Teen synchronized swimming goes on in the Excelsior.

Please welcome the San Francisco Merionettes, who have been teen synchronized swimming since 1956 and are thrilling even on YouTube, so just imagine what they'll do to your dopamine levels live at their once-per-year exhibition. It's Sunday, May 15, at 5 p.m. at the Balboa Pool. Donations accepted.

  • Michele Kraus

You may appreciate them because they are fierce fierce in the sense that they swim to "Seven Nation Army," you may appreciate them as intense young athletes, you may appreciate them because you are an Esther Williams person, or you may appreciate them because where else can you see synchronized swimming around here? It's adorable when they mess up, it's mind-blowing when they nail it, and the whole thing makes Glee look like ... not enough. Small. Pale. Tired. Not gay-appreciable enough, not teen enough, not wholesome enough, not American enough, not innocently insane enough.

SuperGirl outfits! Gelatin in the hair! Waterproof makeup! You will never be so strong! There's a boy in there!

  • Pin It

Tags: , , ,

About The Author

Hiya Swanhuyser


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"