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Paralysis to professional dancer: Dancing duo show strength and resilience during wheelchair ballroom dancing

A dancing duo have shown incredible strength and resilience during this beautiful adaption of wheelchair ballroom.

Marisa Hamamoto and her dance partner Piotr Iwanicki, demonstrate their grace and talent during a performance of the social dance with extreme lifts throughout, filmed early February, in LA, California, USA.

The passionate pair refuse to allow their conditions to intervene as they accomplish various moves, including Piotr picking Marisa up while he continues to elegantly dance.

At one point, Marisa – founder of Infinite Flow Dance Company – supports Piotr while the multiple world champion runs one wheeled circles around her.

Marisa said: “While I was a senior at university, I suddenly became paralysed from the neck down during a contemporary dance class.

Pic by @InfiniteFlowInclusiveDance/Caters News

“The following day I was diagnosed with a rare stroke called spinal cord infarction and was told by the doctor that I may never walk or dance again.

“I regained most of my mobility fairly quickly and walked out of the hospital after two months.”

Infinite Flow, an inclusive dance company, which was founded in 2015, is America’s first professional wheelchair ballroom dance company.

Pic by @InfiniteFlowInclusiveDance/Caters News

The softly lit dance studio is utilised by them ‘erasing the boundaries between dancers with and without disabilities’.

Through extensive development of trust, they’re able to push the boundaries with movements such as Piotr running over Marisa whilst still in his wheelchair.

Marisa said: “I have a vision to build a world class inclusive dance company that leads a global social movement for inclusion through dance.”

Pic by @InfiniteFlowInclusiveDance/Caters News

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