72-Year-Old Grandfather Tap Dances With Granddaughter

72-Year-Old Grandfather Tap Dances With Granddaughter

It was truly a heartwarming moment when this grandfather tap dances with his sweet granddaughter. When 10-year-old Maeve asked her Grandpa Bill to be her tap dance partner, of course he couldn’t turn the opportunity down! But Bill had some surprises up his sleeve. Not only had this 72-year-old danced before, but his father and grandmother were dancers as well!


“It’s crazy,” Maeve Jones told 7News WHDH. “My mom says my grandfather loves to dance, and I asked him if he wanted to do a tap duel with me, and we did it. And it’s amazing.”

When this 5th generation duo took the floor, the audience wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. But within the first few toe-tappin’ moments it was obvious that Maeve and Grandpa Bill were truly talented. They pair had only done six rehearsals together but it seems tap is like riding a bike - you never forget! Performing to Pitch Perfect’s “When I’m Gone” this adorable pair quickly tapped their way into viral internet fame.

The end of this talented tap dance came to a close with an unexpected big finish! Grandfather Bill stuns the crowd (and the internet) with a well-executed cartwheel. How many Grandpas are still able to do that! And in tap shoes on a slick ballroom floor!
“I decided to do a cartwheel again. I hadn’t done them in a while,” he said. “I used to do a bunch of other trucks, but that’s the last trick I have left.”

The beauty of this dance is how obviously smitten Maeve and Grandpa Bill are for each other. We loved every smile and glance they gave each other while performing their tap routine! This is a memory that Maeve will hold onto her whole life.