The frail old lady makes her way through the centre of Madrid, leaning heavily on her walking stick. She pauses to watch a couple dancing, marveling at their talent, but little does the viewer know, she is hiding a considerable talent of her own.
A video of a little old lady who goes from doddering old dear to dance dynamo has gone viral in Spain for its message that age is really just a number.
Sarah “Paddy” Jones, 81, first shot to fame after a memorable performance on talent show Britain’s Got Talent, during which she wowed judges with her unexpected routine alongside Spanish dance partner Nicolás “Nico” Espinosa, who is forty years her junior.
Now the British pensioner, who lives in Gandía on Spain’s east coast, has become an internet sensation in Spain after her appearance in the video on El Hormiguero, one of Spain’s most popular prime time shows, in a video titled “Is age just a mental state?”
The video has racked up nearly 1.7 million shares and nearly 60 million views since it was uploaded to Facebook on December 2nd.
The idea behind the video, according to Spanish daily El País was to “refute the idea that older people are always associated with frailty. Every older person has an enormous amount of potential and they should not be treated as if they were worth nothing.”
Commenters on YouTube were amazed by Jones’s talent.
“Everything is possible, even an old lady doing rhythmic gymnastics!” said Sandra Fernandez.
“Is she really a grandma?!” asked Ariadna Brunes, amazed that an 81-year-old could pull out such impressive moves.