Dancer Phyllis Sues' active lifestyle is an impressive one, even without taking her age, 89, into account. The former ballet and ensemble dancer exercises daily to keep her body and mind active.
Sues credits the tango for keeping her memory sharp. It was just six years ago that Sues was inspired to learn the Argentine dance, which she now practices daily with her 79-year-old partner. Yet her love for the tango doesn’t stop on the dance floor. Sues released “Tango Insomnia," a CD of six tangos she produced and composed in 2009.
In addition to dance, Sues picked up yoga six years ago to improve her flexibility and balance, and to help maintain her dancing lifestyle. Despite having arthritis in her spine, the octogenarian practices yoga twice a day. Sues also plays tennis, jumps rope and even dabbled in trapeze for a bit, which she started in her 80s.
Huff/Post50 caught up with Phyllis Sues to answer our "Big Life Questions," including the best advice she’s ever been given and her greatest accomplishment.
What's the one thing you know now that you wish you knew when you were growing up?
Think before you jump, verses jump before you think. I'm still working on that!
At this stage of life, what's the one rule you feel you can break with impunity?
Having an illicit extramarital affair and the marriage survived.
What is the riskiest thing you've done in your life since you've turned 50?
Opening my women's fashion business, with no business experience at age 50.
What ignites your creativity?
Placing my fingers on the piano keys and letting the music soar.
What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Love what you do, with no limitations!
What social or political cause are you most passionate about?
Saving the planet and obesity.
What is your biggest regret?
Not showing my mother how much I loved her while she was living.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Caring for, loving and understanding an autistic child.
If you could say one thing to the next generation, what would it be?
If you love yourself, you will love others.
If you could reincarnate as anyone or anything, what or who would it be?
I want to be Stephen Sondheim now.
Sues dancing the Tango with her dance partner, Felix Chavez, 79.
Sues doing the Peacock Pose at City Yoga, West Hollywood, CA.
Sues doing a full split at City Yoga.
Sues at the piano composing her CDs "Tango Insomnia" and "Scenes of Passion."
Sues with her puppy Nicko.
Sues dancing with Don Weissmuller on the cover of her CD "Tango Insomnia."
Sues was inspired to try Trapeze in her 80s. "If you haven't tried it, try it! It's the most incredible feeling in the whole world," said Sues.
Sues practicing Trapeze.
Posing for the camera at 89.
Dancing with her dance partner, Felix Chavez at L.A. Dance Experience.