Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hand in Hand

"I got this via email.... story below (I don't know origin)

"In a Chinese modern dance competition on TV one very unique couple won one of the top prizes. The lady, in her 30's, was a dancer who had trained since she was a little girl... Later in life, she lost her entire left arm in an accident and fell into a state of depression for a few years.

"Someone then asked her to coach a Children's dancing group. From that point on, she realized that she could not forget dancing. She still loved to dance and wanted to dance again. So, she started to do some of her old routines, but, having lost her arm, she had also lost her balance.

"It took a while before she could even make simple turns and spins without falling. Then she heard of a man in his 20s who had lost a leg in an accident. He had also fallen into the usual denial, depression and anger type of emotional roller coaster. But, she was determined to find him and persuade him to dance with her. He had never danced, and to dance with one leg... are you joking with me? 'No way!'

"But, she didn't give up, and he reluctantly agreed thinking, 'I have nothing else to do anyway.' She started to teach him dancing. The two broke up a few times because he had no concept of using muscle, how to control his body, and knew none of the basic things about dancing. When she became frustrated and lost patience with him, he would walk out.

"Eventually, they came back together and started training seriously. They hired a choreographer to design routines for them. She would fly high (held by him) with both arms (a sleeve for an arm) flying in the air.

"He could bend horizontally supported by one leg with her leaning on him, etc. In the competition, as you will see, they dance beautifully and they legitimately won the competition. Really quite amazing!"

I also received that video and message in my email today, eight months after the above was posted on YouTube. Whatever is true, they're an extraordinary dancing couple.


drewzepmeister said...

OMG Orbs! You've got me weeping with tears of joy! It never ceases to amaze me the power of the human spirit to overcome such obstacles that life lays before them. I give these guys a standing ovation!

Do you mind if I "steal" your post my blog?

Lizardmom said...

beyond amazing!

kkdither said...

Wow. That gave me the chills. How inspirational! People who have reason to be downtrodden and give up continually show us there is hope for anyone. Those who throw around excuses, including the race card, should be ashamed of themselves.

OrbsCorbs said...

Help yourself, drew. It's not mine, it's on YouTube.

Yeah, that's something to watch. I read the story before I watched the video and I assumed the man would have an artificial leg, or stump, or something, to stand/dance on. I didn't expect the crutch.

Their dance is beautiful.