Starring 50 residents of a New Zealand retirement village
50 elderly residents of a New Zealand retirement home have recreated the video for Taylor Swift‘s ‘Shake It Off’.
Taking a week to put together, the group learnt the words and as many of the dance moves as they could to recreate the stylings from each scene in the video. It has since racked up almost 100,000 views on YouTube.
Speaking to The Guardian, 72-year-old Margaret Gregory – who stars as Swift in the video – said, “Just because we’re in a retirement village, doesn’t mean we can’t have fun.”
She continued, “We still have life and energy, and sometimes I feel I do more now than when I was younger, because I have more time.” Footage from Julia Wallace retirement village features costumes sewn together by the residents themselves, as well as cameos from staff and some of the residents’ grandchildren.
According to The Guardian, the average age of the dancers is 82, with a combined age of 4,000. Last year, the Julia Wallace retirement village created a nude calendar to raise money for the Red Cross.
In 2014, their sister village in Christchurch did a flash mob rendition of Pharrell Williams‘ ‘Happy’ at the local shopping centre.