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Meet Eileen Kramer, Dancer, Choreographer, Designer, Author, Artist, and creative powerhouse at 107 years old! #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference, we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. #WATWB was started in March 2017, this month marks our forty-fourth opportunity to share positive uplifting stories to inspire, give hope and motivate others. The last Friday of every month bloggers share their stories led by two co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Mary J. Giese and Belinda Witzenhausen.

To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!


 


“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ~Sophia Loren.

Hopefully, the stereotype of elderly women sitting in their rocking chairs is long gone, replaced by the vibrant, creative, and resilient woman who has lived a full life and is far from done.  Eileen Kramer is a perfect role model, a dancer, choreographer, author, costume designer, portrait painter and inspirational creative force at 107 years old. 

Eileen began studying singing and music in Sydney in the 1930s but attending a performance of the Bodenwieser Ballet in 1940 inspired her to change her career to dance and she hasn’t looked back. After successfully auditioning and completing years of training with Gertrud Bodenwieser’s dance company she joined the main troupe and forged her career in professional dance that has spanned 82 years. Eileen performed internationally and has become a respected name in dance. At 100 years old Eileen crowdfunded, choreographed, and performed in an original piece A Buddha’s Wife, inspired by her travels in India which received high praise.

In recent years she has focused on her art, collaborating with a designer to create a line of scarves to raise money for the Arts Health Institute and performing when she has the opportunity. She also makes it a habit to write a story a day, and has produced books containing collections of her stories and art.  Even though working on a video was curtailed by the pandemic she still opted to be creative…“I couldn’t go out to the location of the video, so I wrote a book instead,” she said not letting anything slow her down.  Eileen is a perfect role model for living a creative life! 

To learn more about Eileen and her incredible accomplishments… 

Eileen’s website: https://eileen-kramer.com/

Check out a feature on Eileen on BBC here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-57250509

 

 


“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”~ Betty Friedan.

 

7 thoughts on “Meet Eileen Kramer, Dancer, Choreographer, Designer, Author, Artist, and creative powerhouse at 107 years old! #WATWB”

  1. Wow, what a beautiful woman at an amazing age! Is dance the elixir of life, the fountain of youth? Eileen has had an amazing life, one where dance and writing have kept her going and living upright. Thanks for sharing, Belinda, for this month’s WATWB.

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  2. Hi Belinda – I loved the Suzanne – Sarah Belkner video … especially where they mirrored each other, then the one of Eileen promoting the Arts Health Institute – where she reminds us that creativity makes the world go round. Amazing woman for 107 … great #WATWB … cheers Hilary

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