Legendary Leeds dancing pensioner spotted grooving to grime MC Dialect outside WH Smith

The legendary Leeds dancing lady has been spotted grooving to grime music in Leeds city centre.

Saturday, 12th June 2021, 11:18 pm

Sylvia Nolan was captured boogying outside WH Smith as Leeds grime star MC Dialect performed his latest single Ey Up!

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Sylvia Nolan dancing to MC Dialect (footage: Carla Hardcastle).

"Sylvia was feeling eyup and said she loved my music - she's in her 90s."

The pensioner is often spotted throwing shapes around Leeds, but has not been since shaking her tail feathers since lockdown.

She's previously been spotted at Leeds Trinity and on Briggate.

Sylvia, from east Leeds, was 87 when the YEP last spoke to her in April 2019.

Sylvia Nolan practicing her moves in east Leeds.

The retired steel factory worker said then: "If I hear music, I just have to dance.

"I have a passion for disco dancing and I taught myself years ago. I didn't get many partners at dances I went to, so I learned to love just doing it for myself. Now wherever I go I dance.

"If I were 20 years younger I would have been able to keep going for longer - I can dance fast but unfortunately not for very long."

Remarkable Sylvia is entirely independent and lives on her own, going out every day to play bingo and do her shopping.

She danced regularly at Latin American classes in her seventies, but was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 78.

The diagnosis meant she changed her attitudes to age and she said she was now determined to live every day to the fullest.

"You have to keep on living. I do everything I can for myself," she added.

"There is too much bad stuff happening right now.

There is a lot of division and hate, so I do my dance to try to cheer people up. If I can make someone laugh then I will keep on doing it as long as my body will let me.

"I'm not sorry and I would do it again in a heartbeat if I could.

"Some people see old age as a bad thing but if anything it's the opposite - I never lie about my age. I may be old, but I'm young at heart."

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