WIDER IMAGE-'Try anything': Japan's silver-haired cheer-dancing squad

By Reuters7 days ago

By Elaine Lies

TOKYO, May 5 (Reuters) - Pompoms rustle and silver shoes flash as Japan Pom Pom practices, moving to a lively cheer dance beat. With members ages 60 to 89, they're no ordinary squad.

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But don't you dare call them grannies.

Right at the start, we weren't very happy about being called 'granny cheer dancers,' says Fumie Takino, the bubbly, energetic 89-year-old who founded Japan Pom Pom - average age, 72 years - more than 25 years ago.

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