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Never Too Old To Dance

She hadn't danced in decades — but a tragedy brought her back to the ballroom

Umpha Sikirinthra, ballroom dancer at 74 years of age

Umpha Sikarinthra, 75, and instructor Aleks Nashev form a championship ballroom dancing team. — Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki

En español | Umpha Sikarinthra sweeps confidently onto the dance floor, gorgeous in a siren-red Latin dress with black beads and trim. She's competing in a national ballroom championship in Las Vegas, against dozens of dancers. And now, after four days, she's reached the finals in the rhythm category, which includes cha-cha, mambo, and rumba. Despite the pressure, the petite Thailand native is too focused to have butterflies. "I have to pay attention to my partner's signals," she says. … Back to Article

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