October 9, 2013 - 5 comments

“My secret for long life is: simplicity”

Shot in Fire Island, New York, this film (4min. 23 sec) captures the secrets of eternal youth as Maia Helles, a Russian ballet dancer turns 95 but still remains resolutely independent, healthy and as fit as a forty year old.

Made by Julia Warr, artist and film maker met Maia on a plane 4 years ago and became utterly convinced by the benefits of her daily exercise routine, which Maia perfected, together with her Mother, over 60 years ago, long before exercise classes were ever invented. (2011)

Film by Julia Warr

Music by Lola Perrin


Published by: eilisboyle in Inspiration


Foxglove Lane
February 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Inspiring and with a wonderful sense of place and time. Loved it, thank you:~)

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February 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Such an inspiring woman. It is people like her who totally touches us with her simplicity.

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helen james
February 9, 2012 at 11:28 pm

how utterly beautiful
i wish this 40 yr old was as fit as that 95 yr old …… well i guess i have 55 yrs to work on it

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Ellie Balfe
February 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm

How lovely! What an elegant lady.

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silent storyteller
February 10, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Isn't she an inspiration? not even at 20 was I fit like her at 95!

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