I remember Diana like it was yesterday. She was one of our first students and one of the most promising. She could dance like a ballerina from the Nutcracker and was a natural once she started classes with us. Every day she would train at home for hours on end after she finished her school work. And as a student, she was helpful to others, helping them stretch before class and encouraging them to maintain their form. She was one of the best dancers in the school and had only been in classes for under 6 months.
After training with us for 5 years, she turned 17 years old and was set to perform in a national competition and we were sure she would rank highly. But then she had a huge dance injury during one of her performances. She tripped on one of the beams that was a part of her balance routine and fractured her legs and arms. Doctors said she would never be able to dance again never mind perform in her national competition. But Diana was a different kind of girl – the kind of girl who never gives up even when all odds are against her. She started to attend physiotherapy regularly. Her doctor advised her to take it slowly and she did, and her therapist said he wasn’t sure if she would be able to recover – but she said, she was destined to dance and she didn’t care how much time it took, that she would be able to perform again.
She started attending regular treatment sessions at a physiotherapist here in England. She moved cities to have the best care available and fundraising helped pay for her treatment. Carl Windsor from a Physio central London said he had never seen someone so dedicated. He started by assessing her injury and said that her arms would gain back strength through rehabilitation exercises and stretching daily. But that he wasn’t sure how long it would take for her to be able to run again. She needed soft tissue treatment in order to help repair the muscles in her legs that had been damaged. He also put her through weekly sessions of acupuncture and this is where she started to see great improvement over the following few weeks. Her physiotherapist said he had never met a more strong and determined girl in his life. Her aches and pains slowly started to subside and she built up her strength by doing flexibility exercises on a weekly basis.
She later started attending dance lessons again to participate from the back and cheer on her other teammates and fellow dancers. Finally, she had a final assessment after a year of physiotherapy and her therapist said she was finally treated and well enough to begin dancing at low-intensity. After this, Diana performed in her first competition in years and we have never been prouder.