Sunday 23 October 2016

Watch: Beautiful moment when 102-year-old woman sees herself dancing in the 1930s for the first time

Published 23/04/2015 | 11:59

Former chorus line dancer Alice Barker had never seen footage of herself, until somebody was able to source old archive videos.

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Now resident in a Brooklyn nursing home, Alice was a line dancer in Harlem during the 1930s and 40s.

Alice was a regular at popular dance halls such as The Apollo, Cotton Club and Zanzibar Club, sharing a stage with icons such as Frank Sinatra, Bill Robinson and Gene Kelly. She also appeared in numerous movies and tv shows, but had never seen herself on screen.

After learning that Alice had never seen herself in motion, volunteers at the Bishop Henry B. Hucles Episcopal Nursing Home put a call out to source forgotten videos, and with the help of Mark Cantor they uncovered three films with sound and were able to show them to Alice.

"It makes me wish I could get out of this bed and do it all over again,” the 102-year-old laughed.

One of the organisers of the video stated, “We are just friends of Alice who made this video. I'm a volunteer who visits the home with my dog for pet therapy, and have known Alice for 8 years. The woman in the video is the a recreation leader at the home. This was filmed as an afterthought, and we're so thrilled that it's brought so much joy to everyone and attention to Alice, who is loving it! Thank you all.”

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