EVE'S FIRST DANCE
Eve Dahl, 14, traveled from Wisconsin with her family and dance partner to compete at the Dance Mobility’s Adapted Ballroom Dance Competition for persons with physical disabilities at the Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. on July 16, 2022. The event is the first adapted ballroom dance competition in the U.S. featuring dancers from across the country who use a wheelchair or prosthetic limbs.
Eve has Osteogenesis Imperfecta also known as brittle bone disease, a group of genetic disorders that result in bones that break easily. She’s been dancing for the past 9 years before discovering the Dance Mobility program and started ballroom dancing two years ago. “I’ve really never had an opportunity to dance in an environment that’s suited for somebody like me, I’ve always been dancing with able-bodied people, but I’m excited that I’m going to be able to find people who know how to direct me and adapt,” Dahl said. “It’s that kind of special environment that’s curated for you.”
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Robin Wooten wipes tears from her eyes during Dance Mobility's Adapted Ballroom Dance Competition. Before Wooten was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she danced ballroom and taught her son to dance. "It's amazing," Wooten said. "I don't know them personally, but I swear they're my family because they share my same struggle. ... My tears are happy tears."