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Broadway dancer, 101, in new show
Doris Eaton Travis dances during rehearsals
Singin' in the Rain was written for Doris Eaton Travis
A 101-year-old dancer who first appeared on Broadway in 1918 is to perform at the New York theatre where she began her career.

Aged 14, Doris Eaton Travis was in the famous Follies show run by Florenz Ziegfeld - regarded as Broadway's first glittering song and dance extravaganza.

She will be back at the New Amsterdam Theater to perform in the 19th Broadway Cares fund-raising gala on Monday.

"It's the same old floor that I tapped on," she said.

"It is very thrilling and very delightful to step out onto that [New] Amsterdam Theater, where my career in musical comedy theatre started."

Travis starred on stage opposite Al Jolson in 1926, the song Singin' in the Rain was written for her to sing in 1929 and she starred in a string of Hollywood movies in the 1920s.

Travis, pictured with Arthur Murray in 1939
Travis, pictured with Arthur Murray in 1939, was a Broadway star
Her latest appearance will see her perform kicks that have been described as "low but graceful" as well as other moves with younger dancers.

"I'm sure that the dancing I've done, exercising, has helped me to keep a body that is flexible," she said.

"And... you've got to use your mind, as I discovered as time went on."

She added people were amazed when they found out she was once a Ziegfeld Girl.

"It seems that when people find out about it, they're astonished, and possibly because I'm still walking around," she said.


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