103-year-old woman who was born in 1919 celebrates her birthday with a ballroom dance party

I used to think it too, when I was young enough to not have back spasms and moaning knees as frequent companions.

Of fact, you’re only as old as you feel on the inside, even though the wear and strain on our bodies seems destined to limit what we can and cannot accomplish.

Growing old is a natural part of life, and the great majority of us are forced to realize that certain things will have to be left behind as we age. Things that place a physical burden on our bodies are frequently included. For example… dancing.

Mary Capasso of Woodbury, New Jersey, bucked such expectations recently when she celebrated her 103rd birthday with a dinner party and a ballroom dance party.

“I was born in 1919,” Mary told 6ABC.

“I feel fine, no different than any other day.”

Susan Sacks, Community Life Director at Watermark’s Woodbury Mews, where Mary lives, said she and the team there wanted to make the event particularly memorable by hosting the dance.

Sacks explained, “Because that was her passion,” Sacks said. “This was the first year we were able to make it happen; to kind of surprise her.”

Dancers danced in Mary’s honor as part of the festivities.  “My husband and I, we both enjoyed dancing.”

According to stories, Mary met her late husband, Carl, in high school. They married in 1941, just before he was called up for military service in WWII.

“We were only married a few months when he was drafted,” Mary said.

She went on to say that she and Carl began dancing when their son Carl Jr. departed for college.

“It wasn’t easy. We did a lot of practicing,” she continued. “We were such good dancers.”

Mary had another spin on the floor as a special treat to celebrate her 103rd birthday. There aren’t many people over the age of 100 who have preserved the required mobility to enjoy a dance floor, but Mary was overjoyed to have the opportunity.

Susan Sacks added: “She is still so vibrant at 103. She’s just an amazing woman.”