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Debbie Allen, 71, Proves She Has Still Got Moves Dancing to Janet Jackson's 'Control' (Video)

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Feb 14, 2021
07:30 P.M.
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At 71, Debbie Allen can still bust a move, as shown in a recent video she shared on Instagram. The iconic dancer and actress flaunted her youthful looks and energy while dancing to Janet Jackson's "Control."


While most septuagenarians would not dare groove on the dance floor, "Fame" star Debbie Allen recently proved she still got the moves at 71. She took to Instagram to show off some of them.

Allen, famous for her role as Lydia Grant in the 1980 movie "Fame," grooved to the beat of Janet Jackson's "Control." She sent her love to the singer, writing, "We [heart emoji] Janet Jackson."

Debbie Allen visits the Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" at the Universal Studios Hollywood on November 25, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images



She tagged the 54-year-old singer who quickly caught wind of the clip. Impressed by Allen's talent, Jackson reposted the video clip on her Twitter account and wrote that she loved it.

Allen's post was liked by almost 200,000 Instagram users in just a day. Enamored fans left praises in the comments section, including countless heart and fire emojis. One wrote:

"Yaaasss! You betta show them youngsters how to do it."


In the clip Allen uploaded on February 10, the actress dances with a handful of skilled backup dancers. She looked cozy in a loose dark sweatshirt, fitted sweatpants, a white cap, and white sneakers.

Aside from her success in the entertainment industry, Allen is also renowned for her philanthropy.



The group appeared to be rehearsing inside the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles, California as the clip, titled "#Control35," bears the dance school's logo.

One fan wrote that she dreams of getting mentored by Allen at the latter's dance academy, which seeks to "enrich, inspire and transform the lives of its students" through dance and theater training.



It is not surprising that many aspiring dancers are inspired by Allen, who succeeded not only in the field of dancing but also in the acting department. Allen is a recipient of Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

She soared to greater career heights following her breakthrough in the 1980 Broadway revival of "West Side Story." She earned a Tony nod for her performance in the hit show.

Aside from her success in the entertainment industry, Allen is also renowned for her philanthropy. It was recently announced that the choreographer would spearhead the National Kidney Foundation campaign.

She was also recently chosen as one of the five 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honorees. Recipients of the awards are selected for their lasting legacy in American culture.