103-Year-Old Man of Our Dreams Will Keep Ballroom Dancing 'Until He Falls Over'

'I'm just an ordinary man who's had a long, wonderful life.'

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If you haven't met 103-year-old Karl Tinggaard yet (and trust us, you're gonna want to meet him), you can find him tearing up the dance floor once a week at the Murray Heritage Center in Murray, Utah. And your chances are pretty good for seeing him there, because he has no intention of taking a week off.

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"I'm just an ordinary man who's had a long, wonderful life," the inspirational centenarian told ABC4 Utah News. "I can't remember one year in my life that was not wonderful."

One notable reason? He spends every Thursday night ballroom dancing at the Murray Heritage Center, whirling around various partners and showing off some serious moves.

Tinggaard, who was born five months before World War I began in 1914, said he remembered learning his signature steps as a young boy in Denmark some 100 years ago. He claims the steps are easy to learn — he just lets his feet follow the music. (Try telling that to our dance-phobic significant others!)

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"He's a real pistol. Yeah. He loves the women," said Maureen Gallagher, program coordinator at the Murray Heritage Center. "It's really something because you can't think he's 103 and still moving so well."

Tinggaard outlived both his wife of 55 years and his daughter, but he still remains positive and gets out on the dance floor with a variety of dance partners. (Pass the Kleenex, please.)

"I don't have a dance partner anymore. I had one nine years," he said. "So she died. Then I had another dance partner three years and she died and so I said to myself, 'If they die from dancing with me, I might as well not have a partner.'"

But we're pretty sure being his partner is quite the opposite experience, especially after we learned his secret to living a long, healthy life:

"For every minute you laugh, you extend your life for one hour," he said. "And I am laughing a lot."

He's definitely a spitfire, cracking jokes and dancing up a storm. His lively spirit brightens the center as well as the dance floor, where people say he's usually the first to arrive and the last to leave. How long does he plan to do this?

"Until I fall over," Tinggaard said. "Until I simply can't do it anymore."

In that case, we'll see you next Thursday, Karl!

[h/t ABC4 Utah]

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