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New Zealand retirees recreate Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” in viral video

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A shot-by-shot recreation of Taylor Swift’s famous “Shake It Off” video is getting people’s attention online — because of its unique cast of 50 residents of the Julia Wallace retirement village in New Zealand. The senior stars — on average 82 years old — took a week to learn the lyrics and choreography and artfully recreated the props and costumes used in the original. They added a few age-appropriate personal touches too, however, as we see the retirees dusting cupcakes or assembling asparagus rolls. “Just because we’re in a retirement village, doesn’t mean we can’t have fun,” said 72-year old Margaret Gregory, who stood in for Taylor Swift in the video. “We still have life and energy, and sometimes I feel I do more now than when I was younger, because I have more time.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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