This 102-Year-Old Watches Herself As A Dancer Dancing During The Harlem Renaissance And It Is Magical!
Alice Barker(third from right) was always a dancer. Once when she was little and her mom was bathing her, a band was playing on their street, little Alice heard it and as soon as her mother went off to fetch something, off she ran on to streets in search of the band and began to dance right there in the middle of the street in her birthday suit! And every time the band would stop playing, she would say,"Well, let's get another one going now!"
And that little dancer grew up to be an even more talented dancer during the Harlem Renaissance. And you won't believe where and with whom she has danced!
#2 Chorus Line Dancer
Alice is the one on the right!
Alice was born in Chicago and moved to New York in her mid-20's to become a dancer. Quite a bold move to be made by a woman during those time. She became a chorus line dancer and joined a legendary dancing group called the Zanzibeauts.
She performed at almost all the top clubs of those days like the The Apollo, The Cotton Club and even danced on Broadway! She danced alongside who's who of the Harlem Renaissance to the likes of Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.
It doesn't end there! Alice made a name for herself in the entertainment industry during the 1930's and 1940's. But sadly, Alice was never able to see herself dance on the screen for some reason....all that changed before her 103rd Birthday!
#1 Alice Barker not Baker!
Thanks to the efforts of Gail Campbell, Alice's Brooklyn nursing home director and the research efforts of Mark Cantor of the Celluloid Improvisations Music Film Archive's, they were able to find the lost films and show them to her. Mark said that as soon as he realized that her name 'Barker' had been misspelled as 'Baker,' he started getting numerous videos. All of them which were showed to Alice herself. Who after watching all of them said-
"Making me wish I could get out of bed and do it all over again."
Watch the video to see the magical moment for yourself!
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