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Older Dancers | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Older Dancers

Manolo says, the Manolo, at the behest of his middle-aged, dance-loving friend Herr Professor Dr. von Korncrake, has been looking at the videos of older male dancers, over the age of 50 (such as the good Professor) who are still capable of cutting the rug in vibrant style.

Here is Fred Astaire at age 52.

Gene Kelly at age 53.

Jimmy Cagney at 56 and Bob Hope at 52…

And most amazingly, the great tap dancer Jimmy Slyde at age 71 (trust the Manolo, your really must see this one, especially the section from about 2:10 until about 2:30).


And yet, as everyone who has reached the certain age knows, bittersweet in that way that only autumn can be.

7 Responses to “Older Dancers”

  1. Fausta July 27, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    And here is the Carmencita Calderón, celebrating her 100th birthday a few years ago, in high-heel tango shoes and impeccable technique http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuLVZnEpg4E

  2. Fausta July 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm #

    Almost forgot, another older male dancer, El Flaco Dani Garcia, http://www.flacodany.com.ar/historia.htm, who’s “65+”, dancing a milonga http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN0o_ZgdCL0

  3. Jo July 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    The most challenging, inventive, graceful, and exhilarating polka I ever did was with a little tiny man of about 80, who was wearing full lederhosen-etcetera. It was at the Czech-fest in West, Texas. (I was wearing a Mexican tourist circle skirt from the ’50’s and Converse low-tops. We made quite a pair.)

    Dancing is like lovemaking. As long as you keep yourself in minimally decent shape, it only gets better with age.

  4. Buttercup July 28, 2009 at 10:47 am #

    How about Christopher Walken: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMZwZiU0kKs

  5. Manolo the Shoeblogger July 28, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    Thanks to the Buttercup for that video of the 58-year-old Christopher Walken!

  6. sapience July 29, 2009 at 4:14 am #

    It is a will power of that person who is dancing at the age of 56 or 71, i really inspired my a lot to dance at this age.
    Alexander Cruz

  7. [email protected] September 5, 2009 at 5:52 pm #

    Hay everybody,
    if you haven’t seen it yet. Just stop and watch it’s worth it!