102 y/o Dancer Sees Herself on Film for the First Time

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!


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One Response to 102 y/o Dancer Sees Herself on Film for the First Time

  1. Susanne says:

    She was beautiful! She still is beautiful. Look at that smooth skin. And her marbles are in better shape than mine are. Moving story toward the end where she speaks about having a bath; sounds like they used a tub outside…times have changed.

    All we'll have is selfies.

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