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103 Year Old Dancer

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103 Year Old Dancer
Karl Tinggaard is still ballroom dancing every Thursday night in Murray

Kim a local man recently celebrated his birthday by dancing the night away.

That's normally not a big deal - but this guy is into the triple digits.

Good 4 utah's rick aaron introduces us to the scintillating centenarian.

:19 - :29 ::41 - ::46 :52 - :57 music full rick aaron: karl tinggaard is waltzing well into his second century.

Two weeks ago he turned... karl tinggaard, ballroom dancer: a hundred and three years old.

Rick aaron: that's right, karl was born in denmark on february 27th 1914, 5 months before world war i began.

Karl tinggaard, ballroom dancer: i'm just an ordinary man whose had a long wonderful life.

I can't remember one year in my life that was not wonderful.

Rick aaron: every thursday night you'll find karl whirling around the floor at the murray heritage center senior dance with a variety of partners.

Maureen gallagher, murray heritage center program coordinator: he's a real pistol.

Yeah.

He loves the women.

Maureen gallagher, murray heritage center program coordinator: it's really something because you can't think he's 103 and still moving so well.

Rick aaron: karl says he learned these steps as a young boy in denmark nearly a hundred years ago.

He tells me dancing is easy.

He just lets his feet follow the music.

Rick aaron: karl outlived his wife of 55 years and their daughter plus a couple of his regular dance partners.

Rick aaron: he tells jokes with the same ease that he foxtrots.

For karl, laughter really is the best medicine.

Karl tinggaard, ballroom dancer: for every minute you laugh you extend your life one hour and i'm laughing a lot.

Rick aaron: and how long will he keep tearing up the floor?

Karl tinggaard, ballroom dancer: until i fall over.

Until i simply can't do it anymore.

Rick aaron: in murray, rick aaron, good 4 utah.

Music full [b4]old dancer guy-tag kim the murray heritage center senior dance starts at 7 o'clock every thursday.

Karl is always the




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