At 72, Toni Basil is still slaying on the dance floor

A video of Toni Basil giving an impressive performance at a dance workshop in France earlier this summer has gone viral. Basil, best known for her worldwide No. 1 hit “Mickey” from 1982, apparently hasn’t aged a bit since her peak stardom.

Basil was at a workshop hosted by French dancer Babson Baba Sy when he realized who she was and beckoned her forward. She put on a two minute-long dance routine in front of the group, as her classmates cheered on.

“Toni Basil, I was honored to participate in the workshop,” Sy wrote in a Facebook post. “Thank you to her for this gift… I took the biggest slap of humility by a septuagenarian artist.”

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Fans on Twitter were just as impressed with her moves.


Basil’s infamous video for “Mickey” is considered the first choreographed dance video in history. Aside from “Mickey,” she has had a long, diverse career as a singer-songwriter, actress, filmmaker, film director, choreographer, and dancer.

Tess Cagle

Tess Cagle

Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.