Fla. woman, 87, has dream fulfilled of dancing with Rockettes in NYC

Dec. 9, 2012 at 2:29 PM
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NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A Florida woman, 87, said she had the dance experience of her dreams when she joined the Rockettes kick line at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

The Wish of a Lifetime Foundation of Denver teamed up with Brookdale Senior Living Center to fulfill the lifelong dream of center resident Pauline Clark of Clearwater to dance with the Rockettes, the New York Daily News reported.

"I feel like a celebrity. I have marveled at the Rockettes ever since I first saw them on TV," said Clark, who shot out a happy kick while clutching her walker under the music hall's marquee.

Clark has been dancing since her brother insisted she have lessons at age 7, the Daily News reported.

Clark, who had never before seen the Rockettes live, was treated Saturday to a matinee performance of the 85th annual "Christmas Spectacular" and was given a backstage tour.

Clark became the oldest person to participate in the Rockette Experience, in which about 50 guests take a dance workshop. Clark posed for photos with three Rockettes, the newspaper said.

"They were telling us to kick with the left foot and then to kick with the right, and so forth. I made out OK! I can always kick. I'm always dancing and using my legs," Clark said.

The silver-haired siren has eight decades of dancing under her feet, including her years teaching at the Arthur Murray School of dance in Tallahassee, Fla.

Clark dances at her senior center's happy hours.

"We do the jitterbug; we do the old waltz. I'm just one that loves dancing," she said.

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