Alice Barker lived to 103 years old, and used to strut on the stage all through her 30’s and 40’s as a dancer. She was vibrant, beautiful and talented. Yet, she has not seen herself perform.
With the aid of Mark Cantor of Jazz on Film, and David Shuff, they made it possible for her to see what she had never before.
When they were shuffling through several old films, they discovered the ones that featured Alice, took them to the nursing home where she resides, and showed them to her.
David Shuff shared Barker’s story on Reddit, where he wrote that the videos were now in her possession and that they are often played in her retirement center’s communal room, noting that she’s a ‘rock star these days’.
He added that Barker knows her videos are online now and that it made her happy because she ‘feels connected to the world again’.
But the most special part for Barker was getting the chance to watch herself dance again.
‘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,’ she said.
‘Because it just felt so good doing it, because that music, you know, I just get carried away in it.’
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