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This ballerina doesn’t let scoliosis dim her #BlackGirlMagic

December 19, 2016

Dance takes all the physicality and strength of a team sport and the grace only found within and Paige Fraser is doing all of that with a condition called scoliosis. This Bronx ballerina is a professional dancer with Visceral Dance Chicago, former Ailey2 and graduate of Fordham University, who is living with a curvature in her spine, which, as you can imagine, makes it quite difficult to dance. Having Scoliosis is challenging as it limits range of motion and can lead to other serious health issues, but with a lot of strengthening and chiropractic care she was able to persist and 13 years later she’s an award winning dancer without a single surgery. Most recently, she won the Princess Grace award, from the Princess Grace foundation that aims to identify emerging talent in the arts and supporting their growth in their field through grants. If you want to take a look at Paige in action, stream a recent Intel campaign she was chosen for, and witness the grace and strength she embodies.

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor


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