“All your dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” (Walt Disney) Did you know that I once wanted to become a ballerina? I always admired the gorgeous, graceful dancers with their elegant posture. When I was a little child I dreamed of becoming a beautiful dancer; getting a role in Swan Lake, just like Diana Vishneva. But when I was a teenager I injured my knee pretty badly and my dreams were crushed. I knew that I would not be able to become a professional dancer. Besides,  I wasn’t skinny enough, anyways. :D

But ever since then, I’ve been a huge fan of dance theater and the Russian ballet and regularly do some ballet exercises myself. – So, when I read about the latest Voltaren®* video introducing the love story of Anthony and Marian, who both were passionate dancers their whole life, I got goosebumps immediately: a new version of Romeo and Juliet, proof that true love can overcome just about anything and that there is no need to worry when you are there for each other.

Dancing Through Life with Voltaren®*

This story is so beautiful that I needed to share it with you. A British husband and wife in their 70s are celebrating the fact that dance is still a major part of their lives, over 60 years after first dreaming of becoming dancers. “When I was twelve I wanted to dance and I wanted to do theatre work,” says Marian aged 72. “I’m now doing everything I wanted to do when I was twelve.”

The couple lives together and their love of dance has been brought to life in a new video short for body pain expert, Voltaren®*, entitled “Dancing Through Life”. The video is being unveiled at the same time as GSK’s Global Pain Index, a consumer study into body pain and its impacts on people’s lives in 14 countries around the world.

Marian Booth and Anthony Robert “Digger” Byrt Booth met dancing in the early 1960s and the pair bonded instantly over a dance: “I had never been able to dance easily with anyone before, but for some reason I was able to jive with Digger, so I knew I had to marry him”, explains Marian. The dance and movement video shows Marian and Anthony in silhouette; growing up from small children, getting married and raising a family. The video then reveals them as they are now: a devoted couple in their 70s and still dancing strong.

The couple credit their dedication to dance and keeping moving for their youthful outlook, fitness and appearance. “Dancing exercises the body, helps with posture and keeps your mind sharp”, declares Anthony. Their children are proud of their parents’ involvement in the new Voltaren®* video. “The children definitely started looking at us with slightly more respect when they came to the screening of the video”, says Marian.

Marian is thrilled that dance has led her to become a video star later in life. “If I hadn’t been dancing all my life I would never have been able to be part of this exciting project at my age”, says Marian. Age is certainly no barrier for the Booths and this couple epitomises the power of movement in helping people live their lives to the full, no matter what their age.

Of course, it is an advertising campaign, but for me it’s such a very good reminder to focus on the little things in life, to pursue your dreams and to never stop believing! So, always remember: “If you can dream it, you can do it!” (Walt Disney)


photo and video source: Voltaren®*

sponsored story by Voltaren®*/ GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG

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