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. We noticed that Julie was one of the dancers the others referenced. It came as no suprise when we found out that she’s a dance teacher and part of three generations of dancers.
Julie, 57, Dance Teacher
How long have you been a dancer?
My mother was a dancer, so basically, I’ve been dancing since before I born! And my daughter is a dancer too.
How do you feel about being 57?
Well, there are a few parts that are a little hard to handle. You just have to accept some things that change—it’s not as easy to move the way I used to, for example. For the most part, I love all the experiences I’ve had. You finally come to a place where you’re authentic and you are who you are, take it or leave it. That part feels good.
Why are you dancing through life?
I dance because I have to. I love it. I was born to dance. It’s my passion.