Joe Powell started using a wheelchair when he was a teenager. After his severe injury in his knee, his dream of becoming a good dancer has remained just a dream. After his injury, he disappeared from the dancing world until his mother took a booklet about wheelchair dancing in London. At 19, his love for dance was re-activated, and Joe Powell is nowadays one of the best wheelchair dancers.
According to Joe, wheelchair dancing has dramatically helped him accept his disability. Besides, Joe has been involved in dance since he was only 5 years old. After making a place in the prestigious Royal Ballet School at 11, Joe involved himself in Ballet, where he got a life-changing Injury. After the surgery led to further problems related to the muscle activity in his left leg that changed into an awkward angle. When he was 15, and in a wheelchair, he thought he wouldn’t be able to dance again.
In 2014, when Joe was with his family, they were involved in a dangerous car accident that worsened his complications with his leg. According to Joe, I was depressed about what was happening with my life for a while. But because of his family’s encouragement, Joe started dancing again, and finally, after competing, he won gold awards and reached national and regional competitions.
He was crying and screaming and said that I hadn’t heard of wheelchair dance, but I won gold medals when I started competing, which boosted my confidence. Joe said that wheelchair dancing showed him that he could dance differently. Joy said I want to give a life lesson to those who are not disabled and still frustrated in their lives; the lesson is: “I can do it.”
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