This wonderful woman’s reaction to seeing herself on film for the first time at the age of 102 is simply beautiful to watch. Once the video starts playing you can see a flood of memories start to gather inside her head, heart and body. Her hands start to move as though she still remembers each dance step.
Here is the blurb from the Youtube video that was posted by Tenfresh.
Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the 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.
Although she danced in numerous movies, commercials and TV shows, she had never seen any of them, and all of her photographs and memorabilia have been lost over the years.
With the help of Mark Cantor of http://jazz-on-film.com we finally our hands on three “Soundies” Alice appeared in, and were able to show them to her for the very first time. She had never seen herself in motion in her life!