Whose feet haven’t started twitching with the urge to dance when they hear one of their favorite songs? Several years ago, the whole world watched as 88-year-old Esther Feole’s entire body got into the groove upon hearing Dion DiMucci’s 1961 hit, “Runaround Sue.”
Her granddaughter, Chelsey, was blasting the song out of her car window as she came to pick up her grandmother for their weekly get together. Esther dances her way down the front porch and all the way to the car.
Chelsey then turns down the music, but the frisky grandmother will not be denied.
“That’s a nice song, that’s a good song,” she says. “Put it on again…”
“Once a week I pick my Nana up and take her out to breakfast or lunch,” Chelsey wrote. “Upon arriving at her house I put my ‘Oldies’ playlist on my iPod, open all the windows and blast the music. Nana ALWAYS starts dancing when she hears the music so finally I decided to start filming this magic.”
The whimsical “Dancing Nana” video went viral, winning the pair an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show two months later and was named one of the Top 50 viral videos of the year.
Esther passed away last Fall, but her legacy lives on in the world’s collective hearts and minds.
The next time you hear “Runaround Sue,” you may just find yourself jumping on YouTube and tapping your toes as the frisky Dancing Nana who captured the world’s attention dances away.
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