102-Year-Old Sees Herself Dancing For The First Time on Lost Video
She wanted to get out of bed and do it all again.
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.
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 uncoverd the lost footage, discovering it had been filed under the last name 'Baker' instead of 'Barker.'
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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