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Valentina: Retired School Teacher, Street Dancer

Valentina: Retired School Teacher, Street Dancer

Valentina, 75, is a regular on the busy Moscow pedestrian street Old Arbat, where she dances for the public.

Holding a portable radio in her hand that plays music, she sweeps across the payment from left to right, occasionally spinning in a circle. Sometimes, she dances with a partner.

She places a sign nearby that reads: ”If you sit, you will get sick; if you lie down, you will die; if you move, you will live. Lets dance.”

Valentina said she only started dancing when she retired as a school teacher at the age of 58. When asked why she started so late, she said ”I didn’t have any time. After classes, there were group events or administrative things to do.”

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