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False Claim - Viral Video Shows 92 Year Old Ginger Rogers Dancing With Her Great Grandson

Outline
Message accompanying a viral video clip showing an elderly woman expertly dancing the salsa with a young man claims that the woman is none other than the famous Ginger Rogers shown dancing with her great grandson.



Brief Analysis
The woman in the video is not Ginger Rogers. Instead, the clip depicts 75 year old Englishwoman Sarah "Paddy" Jones who took up salsa dancing after moving to Spain some years ago. In the clip, Sarah is dancing with her dance instructor, Nicholas 'Nicko' Espluos.

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Last updated: 16th February 2011
First published: 16th February 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Subject: Ginger Rogers at 92, Amazing

WoW

Ginger Rogers at 92, Amazing

In case you don't know or remember (how could you not remember if you are old enough)...This lady was a headline dancer way,way,way back in the 1930's and1940's. Wow! Watch all the way through, the beginning is just a warm up. She is 92, her great grandson 29 - watch them dance. Don't give up after the first minute - that is the teaser. Remember, he is 29; she is 92 !




Detailed Analysis
This video, which circulates via email, YouTube and social networking websites, depicts an elderly woman expertly performing a vigorous salsa dance routine. According to a description that often circulates with the video clip, the dancing woman is none other than the famous Ginger Rogers filmed dancing at the age of 92 with her great grandson.

However, the woman in the video is not Ginger Rogers nor is the young man her great grandson. In fact, the video depicts Englishwoman Sarah "Paddy" Jones, who was 75 years old when the film was shot in 2009. Sarah and her husband, who previously lived at Stourbridge in the UK's West Midlands, moved to Spain after retirement. Sarah, who started dancing when she was only 2 years old, decided to take salsa lessons after her husband died several years ago. Her younger dance partner shown in the video is her dance teacher, Nicholas 'Nicko' Espluos.

A December 2009 article in UK newspaper, The Times notes:
Some pensioners retire to Spain to ease their arthritis by relaxing by the pool under the Mediterranean sun.

Not so Sarah “Paddy” Jones, 75, who has preferred to while away her twilight years doing something a little more athletic.

With a series of shimmies, flips and slides, Mrs Jones, originally from Stourbridge, West Midlands, won the Spanish equivalent of Britain’s Got Talent with an acrobatic salsa routine, winning her and her partner — 40 years her junior — the first prize of €10,000 (£9,100) and whatever other fortune her new-found fame can bring.

Dressed in a tight, dark-blue dress, the demure British grandmother wowed the audience on the Spanish television programme Tu Si Que Vales (You Are Worth It) and left the judges alternately open-mouthed or holding their heads in their hands as she was flipped over her partner’s head and through his legs, sliding around the dance floor like someone a third of her age.
Sarah and her dance partner became quite famous after their outstanding performance on the Spanish talent show and many thousands of people around the world have watched her performances via Youtube.

The following YouTube video depicts Sarah during her performance on the Spanish talent show:


It seems that some prankster, after viewing the clip, decided to tack on the false claim that the woman in the video was Ginger Rogers. Ginger Rogers was indeed a very talented dancer, singer and actress who enjoyed a long and distinguished career beginning in the late 1920's. She is perhaps most famous for her roles alongside the great Fred Astaire. Ginger Rogers died in April 1995 at the age of 83. Rogers reportedly had no children, although she was married several times.

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Salsa dancing British granny Paddy Jones wins Spain's Got Talent
Ginger Rogers

Last updated: 16th February 2011
First published: 16th February 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer