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Must-watch tap dance of a grandpa with his 10-year-old granddaughter (Video)


Jaime J | YouTube | Fair Use

Cerith Gardiner - published on 10/10/18

Adorable dance routine will make you want to hug all your older family members.

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When 10-year-old Maeve Jones from Massachusetts was preparing for this year’s dance recital, she decided to enlist the help of a veteran dancer — her 72-year-old grandad, Bill Jones. As with all loving grandpas, Bill was more than willing — and as it turns out, very able — to help his granddaughter in her hour of need.

Jaime Casey Jones had heard from her mother that her “gramps” loved dancing, so Maeve called him to see if he’d be able to participate in a tap duel that was to take place just a few weeks later. While many of us might be a little daunted by such short notice, Bill, polished his tap shoes and headed off to rehearsal. After just six classes (wait until you see the video and you’ll wonder how that was possible!), and the help of choreographer Elyse Williamson from The Top Dance center, Bill and Maeve were ready.

In a video shared by Maeve’s mom, the dancing duo tapped away in unison to Anna Kendrick’s When I’m Gone, complete with beaming smiles. With a dramatic end involving a cartwheeling septuagenarian, Maeve saw her gramps in a whole new light: “I was really surprised, I had no idea he could do one,” she explained to 7 News Boston. Whereas Bill shared: “I was very proud to do it, and I was surprised at the response.”

Bill’s grandma was a professional dancer and he remembers dancing with his father, too. So the dancing talent runs in the family. And now that he’s got a taste of it again, Bill hopes he has more opportunities to dance with Maeve.

Although the video is less than three minutes long, we’re sure the memory of this very special event will stay with Maeve for a lifetime. And these few minutes remind us how very special and important that grandparent-grandchild bond is and how we should nurture it while we can.


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