The Harlem Honeys and Bears aren’t your typical swim team. Ranging in age from 62 to 100 years old, they are New York City’s only 55 and over synchronized swimming team.
Founded by twelve members in 1979, the seniors practice daily at the Hansborough Recreation Center in Harlem. In this delightful 3-minute documentary, filmmaker Veena Rao captures the incredible spirit of some team members as they describe the freedom of being in the water.
“I never was a dancer, but I can dance in the water. I can do all kinds of things I cannot do on land.”
The Honeys and Bears perform free exhibitions all over the city, but their main objective is to get seniors to become more active, socially and physically. And by the looks of it, they are doing both with some serious style!
Find more information on the rec center and its programs here.