‘We nailed it’

Older bowlers channel Beyonce in viral video sensation

Three Australian women, aged from their late 60s to early 80s, have become a surprise viral video sensation after uploading their parody of Beyonce’s signature hit ‘Single Ladies’, in an effort save their local lawn bowling club.

Only posted on Saturday, the New York Times reported the video had been viewed more than 500,000 times in less than 48 hours. “I am gobsmacked. I cannot believe it,” Denise Wallish, 58, told the Times’ Isabella Kwai.

Inspired by her daughter’s favorite music-videos, Wallish organized the video’s production to raise awareness about a local council proposal to build a “multifunctional indoor sports stadium” worth around $20 million on the site of the club, which has been running since 1958. Lawn bowls clubs are especially valuable to older members of the community in Australia, acting as a social lifeline and meeting space.

In the video, the three women — Terry Foster, Wyn Hewitt and Janine Halls — dance in their club uniforms, with bowls in hand. “It was pretty arduous,” said Wallish, who also wrote the lyrics. “One of them says we owe her a hip replacement.”

“We didn’t know how difficult the choreography would be,” said Halls, demonstrating some moves. “I thought I’d done my shoulder at one stage.”

Her knees have been sore since she filmed the video, she added, although she has no regrets. “We nailed it pretty well,” she said.

Read the full story at The New York Times


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