When you think of most octogenarians, you likely think they’re more “hip replacement-prone” than just “hip.”
But you haven’t met Jean Hupp yet. Jean is 87 and lives with her husband, Paul, in an assisted living community in Decatur, Illinois. During a birthday party in the facility’s ballroom, Jean was caught on camera doing “The Electric Slide” in her own very unique way. The video has now gone viral, and Jean is tickled pink about her new status as a web superstar.
“The Electric Slide” is a song by Marcia Griffiths, and it’s a well-known staple at weddings, parties, and other social gatherings. The dance itself is similar to a line dance, with easy-to-learn footwork and simple, low-key choreography.
Or, at least, that’s how other people do it. If you’re like Jean, though, you just boogie down and do your own thing!
Sarah Butts, a resident service coordinator for Eagle Ridge of Decatur, where Jean lives says she’s not surprised in the slightest that Jean’s dance moves have earned her internet fame. “Mrs. Hupp loves to dance; she has been dancing her whole life,” Sarah explained.
Jean and Paul have lived at the facility for the past three years, and Sarah says Jean is always the first in line for a party or event.
“This is so Jean – she is always the life and soul of the party. She loves to keep moving her body and mind, she says it helps to keep her young. We all absolutely loved seeing her and the other residents enjoying themselves. It’s so rewarding.“
Jean shows no signs of slowing down now! We love how she skips the formal dance moves and just does her own thing. What a great metaphor for living an independent and joyous life! We can learn a lot from Jean’s confidence and enthusiasm, no matter what stage of life we’re in.
Watch Jean shake a tail feather in the clip below, and be sure to share with someone you know who is also young at heart!