Woodbury, New Jersey Woman Celebrates 103rd Birthday With Ballroom Dancing Bash


WOODBURY, NJ (WPVI) — A dinner was recently held for Mary Capasso at Watermark’s Woodbury Mews in Woodbury, New Jersey to celebrate her 103rd birthday.

“I was born in 1919,” says Capasso. “I feel good, no different from other days.”

But Community Life Director Susan Sacks says they wanted to make it even more special by hosting a parlor dance party where she lives.

“Because it was his passion,” Sacks says. “It was the first year we could make it happen; to kind of surprise her.”

Dancers have performed in Capasso’s honor since she herself spent years on the dance floor.

“My husband and I both loved to dance,” Capasso says.

She says they took up ballroom dancing because it was “something we could do together”.

Capasso met her late husband, Carl, in high school and they married in 1941.

She still has many pictures she had taken for her husband while he was serving.

“We had only been married a few months when he was drafted,” she says.

They had a baby boy, Carl Capasso, Jr., but they named him Chuck.

She says dancing became a part of their life when their son left for college.

“We felt lost without my son, so we decided we had to do something,” she says. “Why not dance? »

They took lessons at Touch Dancing School in Philadelphia, which she said was run by a well-known dancer named Gene Russo.

“It wasn’t easy. We practiced a lot,” said Capasso.

And their hard work paid off. They traveled and danced in five different states.

“We were such good dancers,” she says.

They learned all the different styles and could dance samba, merengue, waltz, foxtrot and swing, to name a few.

“We did everything,” she said. “It was very fun.”

And for his 103rd birthday, Capasso was again able to take a walk on the ground.

“She’s still going strong at 103,” Sacks says. “She’s just an amazing woman.

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