What's the secret to being able to dance in up to nine 3-hour, high-energy shows each week at age 85? More specifically, where did the oldest performing showgirl, Dorothy Dale Kloss, get the stamina and vitality to perform in 240 shows over a nine-month period last year as a featured dancer in The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies? In last year's show, Dorothy performed several numbers with the show's chorus line, danced solo, and even participated in a hilarious comedy routine with the Follies impresario, Riff Markowitz. On days when there was a matinee and an evening show, that meant a 10-plus hour gig, when warming up, multiple costume changes, dancing and everything else involved in doing a show are taken into account. Dorothy has been doing this -- loving this -- for the past 14 years. Just words, however, cannot do this ageless performer justice; you must see her in action to get the full picture and find out her secrets to defiantly snubbing her nose at Old Lady Age.
Dorothy Dale Kloss, however, is anything but a johnny-come-lately to show business and dancing, as she started dancing at age three and has been dancing ever since. By age 13 she was proficient enough to teach tap dancing classes, and one of her students was 10-year-old Bob Fosse, who went on to become one of the greatest dancers, choreographers, filmmakers of all time. As a 15-year-old, Dorothy hit it big, performing in the famed Empire Room at the Palmer House in Chicago. Through the years she has shared the stage with such greats as Liberace, the Mills Brothers, Frankie Lane, and Mel Torme among others. At age 64, with the help of surgery and chemotherapy, she overcame colon cancer; concerning this battle she says that as a result, she changed her diet and "changed my thinking." A few years later her only son moved across the country, taking her grandchild with him, and Dorothy was left with the question: "What am I going to do with the rest of my life?" Immediately the answer came to her -- dance. This led to her auditioning for the Palm Springs Follies at age 71. She's been kicking up her heels as an integral part of this variety/burlesque show ever since.
The Follies is no small-potatoes production. The show, which changes each season/year, regularly performs to sold-out audiences, as attested to by the fact that almost three million folks have seen the show since its inception 18 years ago.
Having covered that background information, that brings us to answering our original question: What's the "secret" to dancing in a chorus line at 85?
- Is it her diet? Dorothy says she doesn't have any restrictions on what she eats. She likes to joke, "No health food ... I need all the preservatives I can get."
- Is it her exercise? Dancing is great exercise for her because besides keeping her fit, it keeps her happy.
- Is it her mental focus? In this regard, she says, "Focus on life ahead of you -- not behind you." She has also said, "I believe every day is a day worth living and get up and live it ... I don't believe in negativity."
To really understand what makes it possible for Dorothy to live such a full, rich and vibrant life at 85, you really have to meet her through this VIDEO -- if you haven't already. You can also gain much insight into her "secrets" to successful living during the second half of one's life by listening to this radio interview she did in May of this year with "Bulldog" Bill Feingold. LISTEN TO THIS!
What's Dorothy Dale Kloss' secret? Is it her positive attitude toward life, expressed and seen through her quick wit and free and easy laughter? Is it her active lifestyle filled with joyful dance? Her dietary practices? If you've watched the video and listened to the radio interview, you know in your heart what it is; if you haven't, do it now and find out for yourself the "secrets" to your living life to the fullest, no matter your age.
Dorothy Dale Kloss, 85-year-old showgirl!
Ed Mayhew is a professional speaker and the author of Fitter After 50, Fitter for Life and AGE BLASTERS: 3 Steps to a Younger You Visit Ed at www.YouCanGrowYounger.comand www.FitterForLife.com Ask for your F*R*E*E* Fitter After 50 e-newsletter