Sunday, March 02, 2008

Against All Odds

It's so inspiring; With firm determination what one can achieve!

Sharing with you now...Happy viewing..

Read right down and click on the youtube address below.

What you are about to see was seen at a Chinese modern dance competition broadcasted on one of China's TV stations. One couple won one of the top prizes. The lady has one arm and the guy has one leg. They performed gracefully and beautifully.

The lady in her 30s was a dancer and was trained as one since she was a little girl. Later she got into some kind of accident and lost her entire left arm. She was depressed for a few years. It seemed that someone asked her to coach a children's dancing group. From that point on, she realized she could not forget dancing. She still loved to dance. She wanted to dance again. So she started to do some of her old routines. But by her losing an arm, she also lost her balance. It took a while before she could even making simple turns and spins without falling. Eventually she got it.

Then she heard some guy in his 20s had lost a leg in an accident. This guy also fell into the usual denial, depression and anger type of emotional roller coaster. She looked him up (seemingly he was from a different Province) and persuaded 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. He reluctantly agreed. ' I have nothing else to do anyway.' She started to teach him dancing 101. The two broke up a few times because the guy had no concept of using muscle, control his body, and a few other basic things about dancing. Whe n she became frustrated and lost patience with him, he would walk out. Eventually they came back together and started training. 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 and she leaning on him, etc. They danced beautifully and they legitimately beat others in the competition.

I would like to share with you this most magnificent and touching performance I have ever seen! It is a living proof that strong spirit can conquer any physical limitations!

View the performance at this (Cannot get the link to work, kindly cut and paste)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnLVRQCjh8c

5 comments:

June said...

Yes, both of them are breathtaking with their fluid movements and perfect harmony. Something even normal people like us can't execute. Very inspiring indeed.

Elisabeth Braun said...

I've seen that one before. Quite something, isn't it?

From your last post, yes dairy foods are NOT good for us. Cow's milk was meant for baby cows, not humans of any age!!! It doesn't cross the species well, sadly! I say 'sadly' as I like a little cheese and some milk chocolate, but I don't have much.

Yes, I speak Mandarin and a very little Cantonese. I've never had any real contact with Malay, (although I've met several Malaysians who are mother tongue speakers of English, Mandarin and Malay), but the Uni Department I work in has an Indonesian expert, which I understand is very similar!
I love languages!=)

Ratna said...

That's amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Za said...

Yup, definitely against all odds. They danced so beautifully together!

Thanks for sharing it with us!

Nik

Lody said...

very inspiring story... thanks for sharing emily!

also, i want you to know that i tagged you on the "7 random facts" thing. hope you don't mind. rules are now up on my blog.