Alice Barker has only a few photos from her days of dancing at the Cotton Club

By Kelli Bender
April 22, 2015 12:20 PM

After years of dancing like no one was watching, Alice Barker finally had a chance to see her happy feet in action.

The 102-year-old woman worked as a chorus line dancer throughout the 1930s and ’40s, boogieing down beside greats like Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra at hot spots such as the Cotton Club. Barker also appeared in numerous movies and commercials during her career.

Even with all this success, the retired dancer somehow went through life without ever seeing her talents in action. Barker was left with only her memories of those moments, having lost many of her photos from that time period, until recently.

According to the video description, Mark Cantor of jazz-on-film.com found several clips of Barker and passed them along for the star to see.

Barker’s reaction to the videos is more precious than a stage full of tap-dancing kittens.

“It’s just fabulous,” Barker says after taking it all in.

We couldn’t agree more.

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