Sunday, May 31, 2009

The dance of Ma Li and Zhai Xiaowei

Ma Li was a promising professional ballerina when she lost her right arm in an car accident in 1996. She was 19. Five years later in 2001, she was invited to compete in China's fifth national special performing arts competition for people with disabilities, and won the gold medal. That success gave her hope for returning to the stage. 

In September 2005 she met a 21-year-old man, Zhai Xiaowei. He had lost one leg in an accident when he was four, and was being trained as a cyclist for the national special Olympics. He had never danced before, but she invited him to be her dance partner. Last April they won the Silver Medal in China's national dance competition -- second out of 7,000 competitors. This video showcases their winning performance.

More about them here.
Image source here.