For all the dancing Alice Barker did throughout her life, most notably during the Harlem Renaissance of the '30s and '40s, the now-102-year-old had never seen any footage of it. Sure, she has fond memories of the times when she danced alongside musical legends like Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, but she never had the opportunity to be a spectator and watch herself in action. This reality would shortly change, thanks to David Shuff, the recreational director at the nursing home where Alice lives. Shuff, with the help of recreational therapist Gail Campbell, was able to track down someone with the sought-after footage - which was no easy endeavor. He got in touch with Mark Cantor, a jazz historian, who found plenty of videos and photographs of Alice and was happy to share them.
David and Gail presented the footage to Alice on an iPad, as she lay in her bed. It's clear that the videos instantly took Alice back to that point in her life. When asked how it made her feel, Alice took a moment before replying: "Making me wish that I could get out of this bed, and do it all over again." Here at SFG, we absolutely love moments like these and we knew we had to share this clip with you. It's a testament to how incredible technology really is.
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