by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

Show Stopper

faces_clive2Margaret Clive grew up in a small village near Birmingham, England. “It seemed a very simple life in those days,” recalled Margaret. “Very few cars and no television. Our evening entertainment was my father playing the piano with the family singing along.” How times have changed. But Margaret’s affection for that small-town feel remains the same, and it was one of the reasons she was glad to settle in San Marcos. “My husband and I live in Palomar Estates West,” said Margaret. “We love the caring people in this lovely community.”

Margaret and her husband immigrated to the United States in 1992 to live closer to their daughter (they also have a son in Australia). “Following our arrival in the USA we opened up a coffee shop,” recalled Margaret, who together with her husband had owned several restaurants in the United Kingdom. “This was called The Coffee Pot… We were there for eight years and made many friends.”


Name: Margaret Ann Clive
Profession: Concierge, Retired
Community: Palomar Estates West since 2000
Hobbies: Stage dancing, hiking, yoga


faces_clive1These days, however, Margaret is focused on something entirely different: tap dancing for a group called the Toe Tappers. “The Toe Tappers are a group of senior ladies that perform professionally,” described Margaret. “We stage shows mainly in retirement communities. The dancers all love to dance and the Toe Tappers gives us the opportunity to get up on the stage and perform.”

Prior to her involvement with the Toe Tappers, Margaret hadn’t performed for quite some time. “I had not tap danced in over 40 years!” exclaimed Margaret, who in her early years worked as a professional dancer in Birmingham and London. “This lasted for a few years and I often say they were the best years of my life,” noted Margaret. “I then married and started a family and all dancing went out of the window.”

Now, Margaret tap dances as much as she can and loves every minute of it. “The most rewarding aspect of being a part of the Toe Tappers is being able to bring such joy to our audiences,” said Margaret. “Our show is so inspiring to everyone. Our beautiful costumes along with fantastic music are indeed a show stopper.”