This 101-year-old woman says the secret to keeping herself young and healthy includes daily ballet moves on the barre.
Dinkie Flowers is one of the oldest women in the UK and is eager to offer her tips for longevity.
“I couldn’t live without dancing and I think it’s what’s kept me young and happy.”
“It sounds hard, but it’s never too late to start,” said the former professional dancer. “Once you know what you’re doing and being taught by a teacher you’d love it.”
She started dancing at the age of three, and still teaches lessons at her dance school called Dinkie Flowers Stage School to this day.
“I just love dancing, I always have and I always will. I’d advise anyone—and everyone—to start dancing to keep your body and mind young.
“Everyday I go and dance in the studio. The work you do keeps your body supple.”
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Reflecting on her long life, the mother-of-one who lives in Shoreham-by-Sea in Sussex, England, says she won’t stop dancing “until they take me away in a box”.
“I just couldn’t live without dancing. You don’t have to go mad, but it’s good to keep on moving your body, bending your knees and stuff like that.”
Dinkie made her TV debut a couple years ago, tap-dancing her way through auditions to appear on The Greatest Dancer at 98 years young.
Dinkie, who has four grandchildren, says ‘helping people dance’ is her life.
“I see people just sitting on their bottoms all day and reading, but it’s important to get up and keep on moving—do something.
“It doesn’t matter how old you are. You could be 30 or 100, but as long as you have movement you are fit and well.”
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