Life is full of twists and turns, unexpected obstacles can come at any moment and change your life forever. When this happens some people never bounce back, but people like the woman in this story persevere and make the best out of the cards they’re dealt!
When a car accident leaves her paralyzed from the waist down, she doesn’t let that stop her from chasing her dreams of being a dancer! The inspiring young lady formed a dance team for people with disabilities!
After being paralyzed in a car accident in high school, Chelsie Hill formed a wheelchair dance team and they’re incredible
Chelsie Hill has had dreams of being a dancer since she was just a toddler, but those dreams were nearly shattered back in 2010. At the time of the accident, Chelsie was a senior in high school from Pacific Grove, California.
Following the car accident, Chelsie was hospitalized for 51 days and left paralyzed from the waist down. Many people would have ended their dreams of being a dancer right then, but not Chelsie Hill!
Chelsie continued to dance with her high school dance team, after graduation, she met an online community of like-minded people
Shortly after graduating high school, Chelsie started meeting people online with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. That’s when she got a great idea, what if she started a dance team for disabled people?
That’s exactly what she did, then she moved to Los Angelos and started breaking down the stereotypes. Soon she would have her own amazing dance team, with an awesome name to match!
“I want to break down the stereotype of wheelchair users and show that dance is dance, whether you’re walking or you’re rolling,” Chelsie told CBS News.
She named them the Rollettes, a tribute to the Rockettes! They do competitions and even have music videos
The Rollettes are just like any other dance group, except they’re on wheels! The 6-person team does difficult choreographed routines in disabled dance competitions around the country.
Although only 6 team members compete at once, there are also many auxiliary members. They rock the stage to popular dance songs, steer their wheelchairs together, and strike difficult poses that require a great deal of arm strength!
The Rollettes have inspired so many with disabilities, they even have a summer camp for people in wheelchairs
Every year, the Rollettes host a summer camp for people of all ages and disabilities. In the summer of 2019, they had an incredible turnout, with 173 participants from 10 countries in attendance! The camp empowers people in wheelchairs, showing them that they can do anything too!
“I had a girl say it was the most empowering thing when she rolled into a room and everyone was at eye level.” Said, Chelsie.
What an amazing group of ladies, their courage and determination is an inspiration to people from all walks of life! To see them in action, watch the video below!
Car accident paralyzes woman who loves to dance from the waist down – then she starts a dance team in a wheelchair
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Source: Readers Digest