87 Year Old Lives Dream of Dancing With the Rockettes
Pauline Clark is hot on the heels of the world famous Rockettes, now that she was given the chance to dance with the girls. No beginner to dancing herself, Clark tore up the floor in the "Rockettes Experience" a half-time workshop where 50 guests are invited to join the girls in a kickline after watching their live performance of the annual "Christmas Spectacular" show. She had never seen the Rockettes live before.
"I loved it from the beginning to the finish," she said, "It's much better in person."
Jeremy Bloom (right), former Olympic skier and NFL Football player and founder of Wish of a Lifetime, and girlfriend Jessica Lowndes, greet 87-year-old Pauline Clark (center) outside Radio City Music Hall before Pauline is granted her lifelong wish to dance with the Rockettes, on Saturday, December 8.
When asked about her experience backstage, she said, "I feel like a celebrity," giving a gleeful kick while holding on to her walker. “I have marveled at the Rockettes ever since I first saw them on TV," she said. "They’re just gorgeous girls, and very nice. It was a lot of fun!” Clark is the oldest woman to have danced with the Rockettes.
Clark has been dancing since she was 7 years old, when her brother urged her to take lessons. Eighty years of dancing under her feet--including her years teaching lessons at the Arthur Murray School of Dance in Tallahassee, Fla.,--and she's still on her feet. You can catch her doing the jitterbug and the "old waltz" at the Brookdale Senior Living Center’s senior happy hours on Saturdays. "I'm just one that loves dancing," she said.