SPORTS, FITNESS & DANCE

Living With Scoliosis & Discovering Wheelchair Dancing

Scoliosis

Nova Engelberts

My Story: Living with Scoliosis

Hi! I am Nova, I am 18 years old and living in the Netherlands. I have a dysplasia and luxation in my right hip. At 12 years old, I was also diagnosed with Scoliosis. Since I was a baby until now I've had several surgeries, but unfortunately none of them were successful. I can still walk small distances with crutches, but for longer distances I use a wheelchair. I always have pain in my hip and especially in my back. My biggest passion is dancing, and I've always dreamed of becoming a professional dancer.

Discovering Wheelchair Dancing

I followed dancing lessons when I was a kid. I started with ballet followed by hiphop and streetdance. Unfortunately, I had to stop when I was 11 years old. That made me sad, and it felt like my dream was over.

Last summer I started wheelchair dancing. I practice a lot and it feels so good to dance without pain. I am happy to dance again. I would love to follow wheelchair dance lessons in the Netherlands and meet other young people in wheelchairs that have a passion for dancing because you should never give up on your dream!

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