STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

102 year old Dancer Sees Herself on Film for the First Time. “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”

I just had to post this film. It shows Alice Barker 102 years in her youth.

 This is why it’s so important to look beyond the aging years and know that in the minds of our elders they had a life, they are still young, just trapped in an aging body. Joanna 

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David Shuff owns a therapy dog, which is how he met Alice Barker, age 102. Barker had been a well-known and successful dancer in the her day, and performed with some of the biggest names of stage and screen. I guess, however, she was just one of those people who didn’t like to see herself on screen. I can sympathize (because unlike Barker, I’m painful to watch). In the intervening decades, the physical recordings and other memorabilia of her time on stage was lost, including the films.

In addition to owning a therapy dog, David Shuff works with Mark Cantor for Jazz on Film, and together they tracked down footage of Barker. This is the first time she’s ever seen it. Shuff also noted that although he wishes so much of the video wasn’t him talking, it took a while to get Barker warmed up and talking about her memories, particularly when she wanted to just watch.

Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s and 40s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, and Zanzibar Club, with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

Please click on the link to watch Alice Barker dancing, she was beautiful and still is.

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