Dinkie Flowers, a 101-year-old former pro dancer, still dances every day and credits it to be the secret to her longevity.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on February 10, 2023. It has since been updated.
Dinkie Flowers is a shining example of how a positive attitude toward life and a dedication to dancing can lead to a long, healthy and happy life. The 101-year-old former pro dancer still dances every day and credits it to be the secret to her longevity. From the age of three, she has been a performer, traveling around the world to showcase her skills and even making her TV debut in 98 on The Greatest Dancer.
Dinkie started her career in London's Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts and went on to ice skate around the world. Her life has been filled with wonderful memories, including performing for Prince Phillip at an Ice Gala in Paris in 1952 and also being arrested for wearing a red playsuit to perform in 1940's Paris. Now in her second century of life, Dinkie still teaches dancing and keeping fit lessons at her dance school, Dinkie Flowers Stage School in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex. She starts every day in her home studio, practicing her moves on her ballet barre and encouraging others to do the same.
Working in news, every day I see amazing people. This is Dinkie Flowers who has spent her whole life dancing, today she celebrates her 100th birthday, the old pictures show her during her youth - in the 1930s! pics @tony_kershaw pic.twitter.com/aS56J2WAXS— Jon Mills (@jonmillsphoto) May 7, 2021
She said: "Dancing is my secret to a long and happy life. I dance all the time, I teach dancing still too - I just couldn't live without dancing. I just love dancing, I always have and I always will. I'd advise anyone and everyone to start dancing to keep you young - for body and mind.
"Every day, I go and dance in the studio I have at home and I try to get everyone else to do it too. The work you do keeps your body supple, last much longer, and looks much younger. "It sounds hard, but it's never too late to start. Once you know what you're doing and are being taught by a teacher, you'd love it. You don't have to go mad, but it's good to keep on moving your body, bending your knees, and stuff like that." To celebrate her incredible life, Dinkie will be returning to the Italia Conti Academy later this year to give a special performance and be presented with an award for her incredible achievement.
She also said: "Dancing is my life, and helping people dance is my life." "I couldn't live without dancing and I think it's what's kept me young and happy. I see people just sitting on their bottoms all day and reading, but it's important to get up and keep on moving - I need to be able to 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."
This remarkable woman is a true inspiration for anyone who believes age is just a number.