Have You Seen This? Retirement group shakes it off

Posted August 6, 2016
Updated August 8, 2016

THE DANCE HALL — The residents in a New Zealand retirement community made a Taylor Swift “Shake It Off” parody, and it will make your internet video dreams come true.

In the video, 50 residents at the Julia Wallace Retirement Village in New Zealand lip sync, dance and special effects their way through arguably the best “Shake It Off” homage to date, and that’s saying a lot.

True, the Swift homage isn’t timely, but the prerogative of the elderly is doing whatever they want within their own timeline because they’ve lived enough life to not worry about trends and people-pleasing. Plus, you’ll truly realize the timeliness doesn’t matter once you start watching the video; there’s just too much fun to be had.

Fair warning, you’ll probably have to watch it a couple of times to figure out what your favorite part is. Personally, I’m trying to decide between the metallic-clad, pop-and-lock sequences, the booty shaking in walker seats, or the moment at the 2:06 mark where a woman inexplicably cracks an egg into a bowl like she’s threatening your whole family.

In all honestly, the video exudes so much joy that I laughed heartily and cried at least one tear. It is funny and sweet and absolutely delightful.

The residents were also joined by their grandchildren, lending 4,000 years of collective experience to the endeavor, according to the video description.

For video comparison, here is Taylor Swift’s original “Shake It Off” video.

Martha Ostergar is the former Video Productions Manager of She has moved on to write elsewhere, but she can't seem to break her habit of cruising the internet for amazing videos and writing about them. Follow her on Twitter at @monstergar.


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