Sunday, June 21, 2009

Video Time: More than Dancing

This came in my email from Jill Konrath today:

Must Watch Video: Triumph of the Human Spirit

In a Chinese modern dance competition, one unique couple won a top prize. The lady was a dancer who'd trained since she was a little girl. Later in life, she lost her entire right arm in an accident and fell into a state of depression.

Someone then asked her to coach a children's dance group. From that point on, she knew she needed to dance again. It took a long time before she could even make simple turns or spins without falling. With only one arm, it was hard to balance.

Then she heard of a man who'd lost a leg in an accident and fallen into a depression. She was determined to persuade him to be her partner. Since he'd never danced before, he turned her down. But she didn't give up and ultimately he agreed.

She started to teach him to dance, but he had no concept of using muscle or how to control his body. When she lost patience with him, he'd walk out. Eventually, they started training seriously.

Here's their performance in the competition.

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