Alice Barker has been dancing for as long as she can remember. When she was just a little girl, she couldn’t help but move to the music whenever she heard it. It was beyond her control.
As a young woman in the 1930s and 40s, she graced the stages of popular clubs such as The Apollo, and even performed alongside legends like Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and Frank Sinatra.
But it has been decades since she’s strutted her stuff. Now 102-years-old, Barker is confined to a nursing home.
Recently, she finally saw video footage of herself in those halcyon days, and all she wanted to do was be able to get out of bed and do it all over again.
“I used to often say to myself, ‘I am being paid to do something that I enjoy doing and I would do it for free, because it just felt so good doing it,” Barker said. “Because that music, you know, I just get carried away in it.”
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!