Alice Barker : 102-year-old sees video of herself as a young dancer for the first time

Alice Barker : 102-year-old sees video of herself as a young dancer for the first time

102-year-old Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the 1930s and 1940s. Barker spent her days dancing at clubs with legends of the era – such as Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly.

Alice Barker was a big-time chorus dancer in the ’30s and ’40s, and nursing home workers wanted to treat her with a very special trip down memory lane. Although some of her performances were recorded, tracking down videos (which were sparse back then to begin with) would be a challenge.

To locate the footage, her caretakers worked with David Shuff and Mark Cantor from Jazz on Film to find Barker doing what she did best. They dug through the files, and stumbled upon what they were looking for by sheer luck—a typo meant the tapes were found under the name “Baker” instead. Still, the team was able to successfully deliver on the surprise.

When Barker saw herself dancing on film for the first time, she told Shuff it made her wish “I could get out of this bed and do it all over again.”

Thanks to the footage, Barker’s dancing will never be forgotten, and she’s even got some new fans in her nursing home. “She’s kind of a rock star these days,” said Shuff.