A few weeks ago a dance troupe comprised of women of all shapes and sizes, all over the age of forty, gave a performance to a gorgeously remixed version of Chaka Khan’s classic, “Ain’t Nobody” in the heart of New York City. Why? Because they love to dance and they could. Betty is as inspiring as they come; we couldn’t get enough of what she had to say about style and age. One of our favorite moments of the day was Betty’s whoop of joy in the middle of the performance.
Betty, 70, Reiki Master
How do you feel about being 70?
I feel fine! People look at me with more respect as I get older. I’m really honored to be 70 years old. I don’t bother with a lot of the little things that I used to bother with. I have two children and I have two grandchildren. I live a very full life. My bucket list is to keep going just the way I am. Dancing in this troupe is one of those things: I’ve never done anything like this with women or anybody that was such a group effort before. We all helped each other, we all admitted we didn’t know things, and asked “Can you help me?” Everybody was so gracious. We’re friends. I’m really proud to be a part of this.
Has anyone ever told you that you can’t do something because of your age?
More people have told me they can’t believe that I’m doing things because of my age. I still run in marathons and I still work out. I do a lot of things with a great energy of life. No one, I don’t think, ever said, “Betty, you can’t do that because you’re 70 years old.” They say, “You are doing that and you’re 70 years old?”
Can you describe your personal style?
I think personal style is a way we express who we are. It feels so good to say, “This is who I am today. This is how I feel” with clothes. It’s really important that things fit. It’s important that you’re realistic about certain things. I just like the idea of having the right tools, like these pants, because I’m going to be able to wear these pants with high heels. I’m going to be able to wear them with a pair of flats. They’re going to look totally appropriate no matter what I do.
What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?
I would tell my 20-year-old self that it’s all okay. Just be yourself. Don’t second guess yourself. Don’t worry about the small stuff. Your spirit and your energy and your true self is the most important thing.
Why are you dancing through life?
Because I have a good time!