Black Entertainment : 102 yr old dancer sees film of herself dancing when she was young...

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    102 yr old dancer sees film of herself when she was young...

    Alice Barker is 102 years old and thanks to friends and volunteers at her nursing home in Brooklyn, New York, she was able to view rare footage of herself as a dancer during the Harlem Renaissance.

    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!

    If you'd like to send Alice fan mail we would love to see her get the adoration she deserves after so many years! (We'll do our best to read some of your comments to her as well.):

    Alice Barker
    c/o Bishop Henry B. Hucles Episcopal Nursing Home
    835 Herkimer Street
    Brooklyn, NY11233

    For more info about the dancers of the Harlem Renaissance, we recommend the lovely documentary "Been Rich All My Life" —several of the women in the film danced with Alice back in the day!


     
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    I love this thread and the subject matter. It's so rewarding to be able to live your past through film or pictures. This probably added years to her life. She'll continue to smile and enjoy her wonderful memories as long as she lives. Thanks Bro. James :heart::heart:
     
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