Chicago woman living her passion for eight decades

Loumay Alesali
Medill Reports

Doris Humphries, 93, has been dancing since childhood. She used to nail bottles caps to the soles of her shoes, so she can hear herself when she tried to do tap routines she saw in movies.

“It is just something I love, and I get into it. I just feel the rhythm and I love to see a person getting the dances and loving the dances,” Humphries said.

For years, Humphries worked in outreach programs and in 1985 she got a grant from the city and opened a theater workshop, The Closet Performers, for anyone who has passion for dancing and singing.
“I just love teaching the music, teaching the dancing listening to music, love the beautiful music rhythm,” Humphries said.

Photo at top: Humphries started teaching tap and ballroom classes at Dance Gallery Chicago five years ago. (Loumay Alesali/MEDILL)