Alice Barker dancer

Alice Barker dancer

During the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930’s and 1940’s, Alice Barker Danced with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson.

During her career, she danced at famous venues such as The Apollo, the Cotton Club, and the Zanzibar Club.

Despite appearing in numerous films, ads, TV shows and ‘shorties’ (musical short films), at 102-years-old, she had never seen footage of herself dancing. And all her photos and memorabilia had been lost over the years.

But, thanks to footage unearthed by Mark Cantor of Jazz on Film, she was finally able to watch herself shimmying on stage.

Watching the film, Alice (nicknamed Chicken Little for her love of fried chicken), can be seen tapping along to the music (she’s on the right below).

After immediately asking to watch the footage for a second time, she says that it’s ‘making me wish I could get out of bed and do it all over again.’

Alice’s reaction to seeing herself dancing 80 years ago in her twenties has now been viewed almost 400,000 times.

As one YouTuber puts it:

I don’t know why but I cried like a little *****. This video made me feel sad and happy at the same time. I should record more. Thanks to whoever made this meaningful video. I hope she stays healthy and strong. God bless her.

Another viewer added:

if this doesn’t make you feel good about being human then you may have a pebble where your heart should be 🙂

If you want to let Alice know just how fabulos she is, you can leave a comment here.

Alice is seen (centre) in the chorus line (Picture: YouTube)

Alice is seen (centre) in the chorus line (Picture: YouTube)