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Friday's Connector of the Day – "Salsa Granny"

January 6th, 2010
01:50 PM ET

A 75-year-old British grandmother has become the “Susan Boyle of dance” and a YouTube sensation.

Paddy Jones stunned Spanish audiences on a national talent show – equivalent to “America’s Got Talent,” – dancing her way to winning the competition with a jaw-dropping salsa display involving unusual athletic ability.

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Originally from Stourbridge, UK, Jones was a professional dancer in her youth, and took up dancing again five years ago following the death of her husband.

Now dancing with a local salsa instructor, Nico Baila (who is 40 years her junior), the unlikely partners performed a high-energy combination of gravity-defying lifts, spins and flips that they call "salsa acrobatica."

In the final flourish of their routine on Spanish TV, Nico flipped Jones upside down and over his shoulder, drawing a standing ovation from the judges and the audience.

She is living proof that if you stay healthy, think positive and feel young, age is no obstacle to achievement.

Currently enjoying the media attention and her €10,000 ($14,000) prize winnings, Paddy Jones is our Connector of the Day on Friday.

If you have any questions for the pensioner otherwise known as “Salsa Granny” post them here and we’ll put a selection of them to her on the show.

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Siyad Hajir

    Hi Salsa Granny!!

    You are agrandmother of 75 years old and you are still strong and fit,what is the secret behind these?
    what advice can you give to other old grandfathers and grandmothers who think that age has disabled them ?


    January 7, 2010 at 10:23 am | Reply
  2. elviejo

    Good for you. I quit hard liquor and smoking after my first real hangover at 22 and became a vegan. (thank you Adell Davis) Two yaers later a real ocean swimmer, and at 46 regular running. Love ballroom and salsa but not "acrobatic" since California forbid smoking in entertainment places. I'm sure you know, as do I that regular, not necessarily daily is the key to continued flexibility.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  3. Dazzy

    Gives me hope for the future! Paddy Jones, what an inspiration you are. CNN, thanks for the report.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  4. Solomon

    I am amazed, @ 75 years many women in Nigeria will be using walking stick. But you indeed won the salsa prize,
    Please am 29 and loved dancing what should i do and must continue doing to get to your standard?

    Solomon- Nigeria

    January 8, 2010 at 8:28 am | Reply
  5. crystal

    oh thats amazing ! u go grandma lol !!!!!!

    January 8, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Reply

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