Source: The Rio Times
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Hearts melt and audiences roar when they hit the stage: a group of senior citizens dancing hip-hop. The group from Niterói, called Grupo Arte de Dançar (The Art of Dancing), drove the public wild during a recent performance at a dance festival at the Grajaú Jockey Club. “They are amazing, I’ve never seen anything like this in my life!,” said a wildly enthusiastic audience member.
“The program mentioned a senior citizen hip-hop group and I thought: ‘This might get embarrassing.’ But their energy and what they are able to do at their age is awesome!”
Luciano Motta, the 41 year-old dancing coach of Arte de Dançar explains: “Our participation at the festival in Grajaú was very special. The audience kept screaming for more and we won a prize which qualified us to enter another, national, dance festival. I couldn’t be prouder of this group.”
The group’s youngest member is 58 year-old Sueli. “I’m a rookie. Our oldest dancer is 87 years old and boy, does she know how to shake her hips! The only male dancer in our group is 78 and he can still do a back spin.”