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Alice Barker, 102-Year-Old Harlem Renaissance Dancer, Watches Herself on the Chorus Line

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Apr 27, 2015 08:38 PM EDT

While many of us forget how accessible our lives are in the digital age, a Harlem Renaissance dancer is figuring out the merits of Google-ing herself. Alice Barker, 102, has just now witnessed herself on the camera for the first time.

The chorus line dancer was a detail to many live performances over the century in New York City. Revisiting some of her earlier days, Alice was in awe of her youth, having been able to escape time for a brief moment on a computer screen.

"How did it make you feel, seeing yourself?" an interviewer asked.

"Making me wish I could get out this, and do it all over again," she replied.

With the growing age afoot, technology has been able to transport Barker to a time of bliss, a touching and beautiful moment in her life to witness.

As Dangerous Minds writes:

"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."

An address has also been provided in case anyone wants to send Alice fan mail (note that there is no e-mail handle to be provided). Please let Ms. Barker know that she is adored as much as ever:

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

For now, check her out below.

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