102-year-old sees herself dancing for the first time in long-lost video

102-Year-Old Woman Shocked to See Herself Dancing for The First Time
102-Year-Old Woman Shocked to See Herself Dancing for The First Time


Alice Barker was a chorus dancer during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s and '40s, performing with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson.

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At 102 years old, Barker was able to see herself on stage for the first time ever, thanks to her nursing home's recreational director Gail Campbell, and Mark Cantor of the Celluloid Improvisations Music Film Archive.

Cantor uncovered the lost footage, discovering it had been filed under the last name 'Baker' instead of 'Barker.'

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When Barker watched it on an iPad, seeing her younger self for the first time, she said it was, "Making me wish I could get out of this bed and do it over again."

She recalled her heydays, saying, "I used to often say to myself, 'I am being paid to do something that I enjoy doing and I would do it for free, because it just felt so good doing it.' Because that music, you know, I just get carried away in it."

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