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You Need To Watch This 72-Year-Old Hip-Hop Dancer Absolutely Slay

You guys, this gorgeous kween is Toni Basil.

You guys, this gorgeous kween is Toni Basil.

You might remember her from her 1982 hit song “Mickey.”

You might remember her from her 1982 hit song "Mickey."

(Don’t watch this video unless you want this song stuck in your head for the next 7-10 days.)

In the ’80s she choreographed for artists like the Talking Heads and David Bowie, and since then she’s been dancing and judging international street dance competitions.

In the ’80s she choreographed for artists like the Talking Heads and David Bowie, and since then she's been dancing and judging international street dance competitions.

Here she is posing with some lady named Adele* while on tour with Bette Midler.

Here she is posing with some lady named Adele* while on tour with Bette Midler.

*YES I KNOW WHO ADELE IS.

Earlier this summer, Basil attended a workshop held by French dancer Babson Baba Sy. When he realized who she was, he beckoned her to the front of the class to perform for everyone, and, well, WOW.

Look at her slay!

“I’ve always been a dancer, and I will always be a dancer,” Basil told BuzzFeed. “Dance has been my lover, my doctor. I know I have my health because of this.”

Need we remind you, she is 72 years old? Basil said the best way to stay as fit as she is is to “start dancing immediately. Run to the closest dance studio, and study the style of dance of the music you love. If you love hip-hop music, go to a hip-hop class. If you love salsa, take a salsa class. It will become infectious and you’ll keep going back.”

Keep on KILLING IT, Toni!

Keep on KILLING IT, Toni!

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Comment by El-Bull on October 11, 2016 at 11:23pm

I THINK THE POINT IS THAT SHE IS 72 YEARS OLD AND CAN MOVE LIKE THAT

Comment by HandsomeMan on October 11, 2016 at 2:05pm
White people always trying to steal our culture. Gtfo with that shite.
Comment by Mike k on October 11, 2016 at 1:51pm

@Roderiq Jay, All dance moves, particularly street based dancing are improvisation/variations/evolutions of earlier moves. When slim the robot or shabadoo did the robot that was the genesis of popping. Even Mr. Penguin had a move when he smoothed and slowed the syncopation of locking sometimes to walk like a penguin. That simulated what later became popping. Of course in the 90's guys like jeffery daniels, boogaloo Sam and others took it to another level.

Comment by Lu on October 11, 2016 at 1:19pm

She's a classic...lmao...and yes, this one-hit wonder sticks in your head a bit too long.

Comment by Roderiq Jay on October 11, 2016 at 1:18pm

@Mike k The Lockers were not responsible for Popping though. Slim did the robot. None of them actually Popped until it became a social dance called 'The Pop'where everyone did a basic move. There were already people in the bay, long beach & fresno doing their styles of Popping. Locking & Popping came from funk music & was not officially added to street styles associated with Hip Hop dance(which also has it's own vocabulary) until early 2000.

Comment by Mike k on October 11, 2016 at 1:08pm

Very impressive @ 72, This is an icon of street/improvisational dance and founding member of the legendary 70's dance group "The Lockers" These guys were the ones that pioneered the entire dance concepts of popping &  locking that is at the bases of hip hip and all modern street based dances out there today. 

Comment by Roderiq Jay on October 11, 2016 at 12:51pm
Tru dat. She is not even close to being a Hip Hop dancer. Ballet trained & became a member of the Lockers.
Comment by Cee Gee on October 11, 2016 at 12:43pm

Yes she is a great dancer but I don't think I would call it hip hop dancing.

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