Wheelchair Dancer Chelsie Hill Teamed Up with Josh Killacky to Make This Beautiful Video
We've featured many, many inspiring dancers in our magazine over the years, but Chelsie Hill is in a league of her own. The gifted 25-year-old has been in a wheelchair since 2010, when a drunk driving accident damaged her spine. Yet she didn't let the fact that she couldn't walk keep her from dancing. She even started her own team of wheelchair dancers, the Rollettes, and created the Walk and Roll Foundation to raise money for others with spinal cord injuries.
Hill is currently an ambassador for the Wings for Life World Run, the world's only simultaneous running and wheelchair race, which raises money for spinal cord research projects. Through her work with that organization, she met our friends Josh Killacky and David Moore—who were, unsurprisingly, totally awed by her. And the three of them teamed up to create a dance video, "Will You?", that's sweet, moving, and full of gorgeous choreography that highlights Hill's singular talent.
Enjoy—and then take a look at the "making of" video, which goes behind the scenes on set with Hill, Killacky and Moore.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.
When it comes to injury-prone body parts, knees reign supreme for dancers. But a little strengthening can go a long way in preventing painful outcomes. We turned to Dirk Hartog, a physical therapist with Westside Dance Physical Therapy in NYC, for three exercises that'll support and stabilize your knees.