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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