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April 15, 2012 5:35 PM   Subscribe

94-year-old Mathilda Klein does not believe in letting age keep her off the dance floor. SLYT.
posted by kinnakeet (36 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite

 
I demand to see her birth certificate!
posted by holdkris99 at 5:41 PM on April 15, 2012


Lots to love about that, from the opening with the walker and the way the guy crosses himself when he takes it away, to the excellent choice of dress (such movement!) and the actually pretty intricate dance steps which are being done.

That was great fun. Thanks for posting.
posted by hippybear at 5:44 PM on April 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Backwards in high heels indeed. Bravo!
posted by Gator at 5:48 PM on April 15, 2012


Well I've got a big grin on my face!
posted by Songdog at 5:52 PM on April 15, 2012


She's just gorgeous!
posted by Malice at 5:52 PM on April 15, 2012


That was awesome! Great footwork at any age.
posted by garnetgirl at 5:54 PM on April 15, 2012


Look at her go, woo! Awesome!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:57 PM on April 15, 2012


"I'll tell you why. 'Cause I'm a dancer!"
posted by Nomyte at 5:58 PM on April 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


inspiring, and joyful !!
posted by seawallrunner at 6:19 PM on April 15, 2012


May the powers that be grant me hips, knees and ankles that strong when I am her age!
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 6:23 PM on April 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


At first I thought it was just going to be sad, with her pushing her walker around the dance floor while her partner, who is probably about half her age, danced all around her, but of course she was faking us out and didn't actually need that walker at all.

And she has a damn fine pair of legs for 94. Or for a quarter of that age.
posted by orange swan at 6:34 PM on April 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well played, Mathilda, well played. **applause**
posted by feckless at 6:49 PM on April 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I won't dance with a woman. Only a man.
posted by unliteral at 6:49 PM on April 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I would love to see her show up on "Dancing with the Stars," in one of their presentations. So many of the 40-50-year-olds act as if their bones fused at their 39th birthday that it's great to see you can be nimble and elegant at any age.
posted by xingcat at 7:52 PM on April 15, 2012


Congratulations Mathilda, for being a better dancer at 94 than I am at 24.
posted by schmod at 8:29 PM on April 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


YAYYY Tilly Klein! Brava! Omg , utterly inspiring. I kept having twinges of anxiety, afraid she'd trip, worried she was tired, wondering how her ankles were holding up, praying please don't let her fall, relieved when the dance stopped.

And yet it was terrific, delightfully mischievous with her coming out in a walker. Ha! Just love her dance partner too for sharing the fun. *happy sigh. Thanks for the lovely post and for the smiles.
posted by nickyskye at 8:34 PM on April 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I think I need to stop grumbling about my impending 38th birthday.
posted by drewbage1847 at 9:31 PM on April 15, 2012 [3 favorites]


I think I need to stop grumbling about my impending 38th birthday.

In case nobody told you, the warranty runs out at 35.

Welcome to middle-age, my friend.
posted by hippybear at 9:56 PM on April 15, 2012


Holy fuck I hope I am that spry at her age. (says the lady who took up burlesque at age 40)
posted by egypturnash at 10:02 PM on April 15, 2012


I'm only 30, and I would like to wear that dress. Amazing.

Also, the nurse in me just about had a heart attack when he started tugging at her walker. Very nice trick.
posted by vytae at 10:45 PM on April 15, 2012


Thank-you - that is just the bit of 'happiness on a Monday Morning' I needed today :) It was so great to see someone getting on with having fun and not worrying what convention says you should or shouldn't be doing.

And big props to her dance partner - he was pretty great too.
posted by Megami at 12:38 AM on April 16, 2012


I sorta figured from the way she was walking that the zimmer frame probably wasn't necessary, but I loved it anyway. Not only can she dance, but she doesn't take herself too seriously. Bravo.
posted by Eumachia L F at 2:01 AM on April 16, 2012


That's the most joy inducing thing I have seen in a while. And I totally fell for the gag at the beginning, I had this sinking feeling of "Oh please don't make me watch someone who used to love dancing shuffle around in a travesty of what she used to be able to do." Awesome.
posted by bardophile at 2:58 AM on April 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is a good reminder: use it or lose it.
posted by Red Loop at 3:03 AM on April 16, 2012


Piece of cake.
posted by de at 4:27 AM on April 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


Was I the only one who wanted her to waltz?
posted by kamikazegopher at 4:54 AM on April 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


I sorta had the feeling we were being had when I spotted the chic heels Mathilda was sporting even while draped in raincoat and cap.

And yes, I'll bet she's capable of an elegant waltz. Even a tango, for that matter.
posted by kinnakeet at 5:11 AM on April 16, 2012


I'd just like to point out that at 94, she is in her 95th year. I wonder if the announcer is mistaken, or if she is in fact 93... because that would be so much less impressive.

Seriously though, I hope I can rock it like Mathilda into my 70s at least!
posted by sunshinesky at 5:33 AM on April 16, 2012


This is a good reminder: use it or lose it.

You can lose it pretty easily from overuse though.

I am maybe a little bitter that this 94 year old has better knees than I do.
posted by elizardbits at 6:41 AM on April 16, 2012


Heh. She got me. When she tottered on with the walker I thought "Oh Christ, this is going to be painful and embarrassing". Nice bit of business that I really should have seen coming.
posted by Decani at 7:32 AM on April 16, 2012


Oh, this made me weepy. Happy weepy, but weepy. Gods willing I should live that long and be able to move that well. This was a wonderful share, thanks!
posted by dejah420 at 7:36 AM on April 16, 2012


> 94-year-old Mathilda Klein

Just to be picky, the announcer said she's "in her ninety-fourth year," which makes her 93. But never mind; as she so definitively proves, age is irrelevant! Thanks for a delightful post.
posted by languagehat at 8:29 AM on April 16, 2012


Great video, thanks for sharing it. In a similar vein, there's this video of Henry and his music, from the Music and Memory project.
posted by Pantengliopoli at 9:01 AM on April 16, 2012


This is a good reminder: use it or lose it.

But what if you've never had those skills to begin with? So little free time, so many things to do.

The 86-year-old gymnast and her amazing floor routine.
posted by longdaysjourney at 9:37 AM on April 16, 2012


^ Same gymnast on the parallel bars
posted by bardophile at 10:03 AM on April 16, 2012


This is really neat. I wish I could dance half as well at 41 as she can in her nineties.
posted by notashroom at 11:09 AM on April 16, 2012


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