Rita Young Allen, MA, MS

Ms. Senior America State & National Queens

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Hi, Ladies!
I am SO excited that you will be joining us in Alabama this year for our
Ms. Alabama Sr. America 2020 Pageant!
This will be your page of complete instruction for all events.
There will be several performance numbers this year for Queens,
both at the Welcome Dinner on Friday Night and at the Pageant on Saturday, June 6.
If I have your email address, I will forward you quick email each time I upload new information on this page.
You will find five performance numbers below. There may be one more, but this is what I have for now. If you ANY questions, please ask me. Someone else may be wondering the same thing!
Please send me an email if you would like to participate in any of the following Queen Performances.


The D-Day Darlings have taken the internet by storm! In 2018 we performed the very song that has made them famous at our inaugural pageant in Alabama...The White Cliffs of Dover. We will do it again in 2020. I am looking for Queens who served in the military, and can still wear their military uniforms, to form the outline of the V. We want you to be front and center to Celebrate your service to America. Also, PLEASE, ALL you ladies who served in the Military, please send me a picture of you, in uniform, while you were serving. We will scroll them on the big screen during our performance.

All the other Queens will be in evening gowns and be standing inside the V. This year we will also have the giant screen behind us which will add magnificent power to our song! Above is the video and the actual song we will be singing is at 1:12.

In 2018 we had 26 Queens from 6 different states. In 2020 I would love for us to have 100! Even though the Pageant is about selecting a new Queen to represent our Great State, the Queens represent the beautiful sisterhood and should be highly celebrated, which we intend to do!

As you practice with these ladies, you should practice the moves exactly as they do them. You will not mirror them; you will do them with the same arm motions as they. That can be a little tricky if you are looking straight at them, therefore, the best way to practice is to set a mirror in front of your computer and practice looking in the mirror, then you will be doing the correct motions while mirroring the ladies. If this sounds confusing, give me a call and we can talk.


AND...one of the coolest performances we will do is an interpretive dance to...

"The Eye of the Tiger!" (with a few of the words changed to reflect the Power and Tenacity of Senior Women!)

I have purchased 24 voile over-lays for the dancers to wear over black long-sleeve t's and black leggins. The over-lays have colored tiger striping down the front and sides with multi-colored rhinestones around the neckline. You will need to provide your own black T and black leggins.

This dance will not be for beginner dancers. You must already be a dancer, to some degree, to participate. Although the moves will be doable by our ladies, they will still be mildly challenging and passionate!!! I have already had ladies email me telling me they want to be a part of the Tiger Dance! So, let me know if you are an experienced dancer and wish to participate. The first 24 to let me know will have the opportunity to dance.

I have someone who is choreographing this number for us. I will have a video to send in late February to all those who let me know they would like to participate. That will give you 3 months to memorize the dance. Then we will have a rehearsal on Friday afternoon, June 5th.

If you are not a seasoned dancer, but have great rhythm, and would still like to participate, send me an email and let me know that. If I don't have 24, I will certainly give a position to you.

Tigers are the largest felines in the world, and they are a symbol of strength, courage and dignity! No two tigers have the exact same markings. Their stripes are as individual as fingerprints are for humans. They are breathtakingly beautiful creatures, just like our Queens!


Click here to start Elijah & Joshua

Some of you may know that I had a Music School for 24 years, and took choirs to perform at Carnegie Hall for six of those years. We preformed these two songs, along with 300 other singers, from across America, in one of our performances at Carnegie Hall. These are both fun, sacred, classical pieces. If you can listen and memorize well, you do not have to be able to read music to sing these with our choir. In fact, it would be extremely rewarding to many of you who have always wanted to sing with a choir, but were too nervous. This is a great way to fulfill that dream in a very safe environment.

I will make it very enjoyable for you!

I have part recordings to these, therefore, if you sing alto, I have the song with the alto part louder than the rest of the parts, and the same with soprano. In places there are three parts and maybe some of you trained vocalists can fill in those extra parts.

I spent six years singing in Carnegie Hall because I was not afraid to be daring, not afraid to take chances. I am asking you beautiful Queens to do the same. I assure you, if you are off pitch, I will tell you what you need to do to be okay in our choir!...and it will be a great experience. I taught my elementary students to sing a Latin song that was 18 pages long and they performed it in Carnegie hall, from memory! We so underestimate ourselves.

I will furnish Choir Robes for everyone who would like to participate. This will eliminate a costume change as you will wear the Choir Robe over your evening gown.

Let me know if you would like to participate in our Choir with these two songs,

"Elijah & Joshua" and "I Wanna Be Ready."

I will furnish you everything you need to practice.

And, lastly, we will be doing our very classic Ragtimers performance at our Pageant. For those of you who might not know, Alabama has only had one Ms. Senior America, Gilda Campbell, National Queen in 1988. Gilda was born and raised in Birmingham, AL, the youngest of four girls. Although she grew up in the Depression, she never knew she was poor! She sold coat hangers and donuts door-to-door in her neighborhood to help raise money for her family. Gilda's sunny disposition gained her popularity at Woodlawn High School where she became Head Cheerleader.

She sang with Big Bands, taught Arthur Murray dance with her husband, had her own dance studio and worked at Auburn University.

Diagnosed with cancer in 1995, she kept a positive attitude, smiled throught the pain and loved tirelessly.

We will do the Ragtimers performance in Alabama this year to celebrate Ms. Gilda because she was the one who created the routine and introduced it to Ms. Senior America in l988. She made video tapes of herself doing the routine and sent them out to other Queens so they could learn it. And now, you know the rest of the story.

Susan Pellegrino from Missouri is our National Tambourine Director and she did an excellent job creating a new instructional video for all our Queens to practice and learn the routine. Not only are we hoping to have many Queens to perform this with us in Alabama, but I am sure Susan would LOVE to have new Queens added to our National performance next year.

There is an outfit requirement, the same as for National, and you will need to furnish your own tambourine.

You can see it in the video here. I will send further instructions with the DVD.

Please let me know if you need an instructional DVD and notes to learn this wonderful routine!



(1) Although I will offer some great opportunities to dance and sing together, have fun, Celebrate our Sisterhood, Celebrate our service in the Military, Celebrate our accomplishments, it will still be up to each individual lady to do her due diligence in learning the songs and the dances before she arrives at Pageant. Should any lady arrive at rehearsal in Alabama and it is obvious she does not know her part, she may have to forfeit her opportunity to perform as there will be no time to learn it after you arrive in Alabama. This is the 24-year Music Teacher coming out in me! We have 5 months to learn, which is more than enough time. Let's blow the audience away!!!

(2) The Ms. Senior America Handbook, Page 31, describes the qualifications of a Contestant. Number K speaks to the State Administrator...

K. No Conflicts of Interest

The Administrator agrees and acknowledges that, during the term of this Agreement, that she will not hold a current title, or serve as a contestant, volunteer or employee, in any pageant not sanctioned or otherwise approved by National. The administrator further agrees that no volunteer service, in any capacity, shall be accepted from any person who holds a current title or is serving as a contestant, volunteer or employee, in any pageant not sanctioned or otherwise approved by National........."

Therefore, in keeping with my requirements as an Administrator for Ms. Senior America, if you are affiliated with any other pageant system, in any capacity, please let me know. If it approved by National, all is well.

Additionally, because of the recent series of events in Alabama, if you are currently affiliated, in any capacity, with Ms. Senior USA, you will not be able to participate, in any capacity, in Ms. Alabama Sr. America 2020.

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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (Concentration in Counseling) from Jacksonville State University. Master of Science in Management Leadership (Healthcare Administration) from Troy University.

Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Minor in Music, from Jacksonville State University.
Associate of Science in Music Education, Vocal Performance
Snead State College, Gadsden State College, and Wallace State College.

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