Age is just a number, and this elderly couple from Germany proves it in every step of their dance. Nellie and Dietmar Ehrentraut have been dancing together for over 40 years, and their passion for boogie-woogie still burns bright. Dietmar, who is now 73, worked as a printer all his life in a printing house, while his 67-year-old wife, Nellie, works in the cleaning service.
The Ehrentrauts were big fans of rock and roll in their younger years and even participated in complex acrobatic dances. However, they eventually switched to boogie-woogie, a style that allows for more improvisation and doesn’t require rehearsed numbers. The couple has competed in many amateur competitions in different cities, with their biggest achievement being the victory at the World Boogie Woogie Cup in Lyon in 2002.
Despite their long dancing career and numerous victories, Dietmar and Nelly still consider themselves amateurs. They believe that once dancing becomes a sport, the fun is gone. That’s why they only dance boogie-woogie, no Latin or ballroom dancing for them. This decision also allows for more freedom in their dancing, allowing them to truly express themselves on the dance floor.
Their videos, which they have been uploading to YouTube, have gained millions of views, and viewers are simply delighted with the energy and professionalism of Nelly and Dietmar. They have become a great example for many young dancers, inspiring them to keep dancing and staying active even during their golden years. It just goes to show that age should never hold you back from doing what you love.