Though dance often idolizes youth, we at Dance Spirit are equally enamored of any elderly person who can really get down. We love dancing grannies and grandpas because they continuously show us that age aint nothin' but a number.
Behold: Oldtown Funk. What do you get when you take Bruno Mars' infectiously danceable song "Uptown Funk" and then turn it on its ear so that instead of being performed by sexy soul singers, it's performed by swaggering seniors?
This. This is what you get.
"Oldtown Cover" was produced by Alex Boye' and features Jean Elliot's "Golden Girls" (aka The Dancing Grandmas). Apparently these women are well known in Utah for their performances at basketball games. Yas ladies! Hopefully we'll all move as well as these folks when we're even half their age. Enjoy!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?
The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.