OSTRAVA (Czech Republic) (AFP) - They are grandmothers or great-grandmothers with ample silhouettes and X-sized outfits, but this golden age can-can troupe has charmed the Czech Republic and is fully booked to 2009. "We do this for fun, we laugh a lot and people love it," said Libuse Novakova, 61, a robust, retired accountant before slipping on black fishnet stockings, frilly skirt and fringe-trimmed bloomers for what has become the group's signature act, a French cancan. She's had such fun in the outfit "I want to wear it in my coffin". Born seven years ago during a dance class for seniors, this 10-member amateur troupe " the "Mazoretky", or Majorettes of Horni Lhota, a tiny village of 600 souls " started off with a simple number dressed as drum majorettes. But their humour hit a chord in this former Eastern bloc state with, like neighbors Poland and Slovakia, a steadily aging population whose struggle to live on tiny pensions leaves many with a morose existence longing for the old, guaranteed social comforts of communism. Over-65s today account for 15 percent of the Czech population but will swell to a third by 2060, according to a recent study by Eurostat, the European Union statistics office. And their standard of living has slumped considerably since the end of communism, with an average pension at 1,000 forints (250 euros, 365 dollars) a month, or half the average Czech salary. In came the Majorettes with their antidote to "laugh and make people laugh". Their fame has spread by word of mouth, but they are booked solid through next March, have performed on half a dozen popular TV shows in recent months and found their husbands balking at anything more. "We give one to three shows a week, we no longer even have time to rehearse," said Hana Havelkova, a former teacher and head of the troupe. -We'd be too bored if we only took care of our husbands- They all hail from the decidedly unglamorous Horni Lhota, in the rural east near Poland that still bears the stigmata of its former mining days. The oldest is now 71 and ... rotund. They are far from the picture-postcard granny in embroidered blouse still seen across the Czech countryside. Spunky and flirtatious, they tuck 200-forint bills into their stockings to tease audiences at local fairs and other venues across the country. "These retired Majorettes make the whole village laugh," said a regional supplement of the mass-circulation Mlada Fronta Dnes. "They even dance in 'pemprsky'," it said, using the slang for the disposable diapers the Majorettes don under white tutus for their rendition of "Swan Lake". "We would be too bored if we only took care of our husbands, our grandchildren and our homes," said 64-year old Jarmila, whose spouse thinks she is "completely crazy, at my age, to dance in public in such outfits." The show is comical, not vulgar, and not shocking in a country where religion plays a far smaller role than in Catholic Poland and Slovakia and people have long been at ease with their bodies, no matter what size. The Majorettes also poke fun at their own youth under communism, piling up in a human pyramid in one improbable number inspired by the highlight of Soviet-era "spartakiadas" or gymnastic shows. Their mantra "to bring people 'joie de vivre'" notably applies to retirement homes, where they perform for free. "It's wonderful, we laughed so much," said a 91-year-old woman in a home in nearby Hlucin, who has lived through the Austro-Hungarian Empire, two world wars, the Nazi occupation and the rise and fall of communism. "When our pensioners see people of their age dancing and having fun, it gives them new energy and vitality," said nurse Nada Kopytkova.