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[Video] 102-Year Old Harlem Renaissance Chorus Dancer Watches Herself on Film for the First Time

Avatar • Apr 24, 2015

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Alice Barker recently celebrated her 102nd birthday and received one heck of a gift. Barker was a chorus dancer during the Harlem Renaissance and shared the stage with notable talents such as Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

As Barker performed in a plethora commercials and films, much of her photographs and memorabilia became lost over the years. So it was a pleasant surprise when Jazz on Film’s Mark Cantor and David Shuff presented the retired dancer several videos of her performances.

Watch the touching video below:

After watching the video, Barker was asked “How does it feel seeing yourself?” to which she replied

Making me wish I could get out this bed and do it all over again.”

That’s the spirit Ms. Barker!

 

What do you think of the video? Have you uncovered any nostalgic gems from elders in your family?

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Lovelyevenstar
Lovelyevenstar
5 years ago

Talk about living a full life, and seemingly a blessed one. Yet this clip also brings up mortality questions for me. Ive always thought I wanted to live a super long life but looking at Ms. Barker in this vid makes me question that; the longing in her eyes for those times not just what she says. I wish I could grant that for her. No one should ever have to get that point where they cant do what they love..or die for that matter. I know its inevitable (until the good Lord comes back to take us home) but… Read more »

Tabatha
Tabatha
5 years ago

That was FANTASTIC! She had some legs on her! Absolutely amazing that they were able to show her that. 102 years old! I need to go to my nearest dance studio now.

francine4koko
francine4koko
5 years ago

I watched this on someone’s page on FaceBook yesterday and LOVED IT!!! The look on of happiness on her face: PRICELESS!!! Brought tears to my eyes to see her so happy!

devany
devany
5 years ago

aww this was soo sweet!!

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