Watch This 102-Year-Old See Herself On Film for the First Time Ever

Alice Barker is 102 years old and lives in a nursing home. She looks frail now, but back in the 30s and 40s she was a professional dancer who shook it at clubs during the Harlem renaissance. She danced with Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, but she’s never seen a video of her performances—until now.

Recently, Mark Cantor found film of Barker dancing and Barker got to see the footage for the first time. Sorry if all this reads a little stilted, but I’m trying real hard not to succumb to the “feels” I’m having right now. These seven minutes of video are an incredible watch and if you’re not a weepy mess by the end, watch it again.

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Wow, that’s really cool to see! It was nice to hear her talk about it, too, because who doesn’t want a job that they love doing?

Somewhat related, why do people talk to older people like they’re dogs or children? I understand talking louder or slower if someone has a hearing problem or some cognitive troubles, but I really don’t get the sing-song voices that some people use.