Dancers Ma Li, she with one arm, and Zhai Xiaowei, he with one leg, complement each other beautifully in a moving […]
Dancers Ma Li, she with one arm, and Zhai Xiaowei, he with one leg, complement each other beautifully in a moving ballet performance.
According to the accompanying story on YouTube, Ma Li was a promising professional ballerina when she lost her right arm in a car accident in 1996 at the age of nineteen. After her boyfriend left her, she tried to kill herself, only to be saved by her parents.
Xiaowei had climbed on a tractor when he was four years old, fell off it and lost his left leg.
In September 2005, Ma Li met twenty-one-year-old Xiaowei, who was being trained to be a cyclist for the national Special Olympics. He had never danced before.
Xiaowei initially didn’t understand how he could “dance,” so Li invited him to see her performing “Hand in Hand” with another male actor. He felt that he saw a perfect soul dancing on the stage and agreed to give it a try. Remember, he had no dancing background . . .
In April 2007, they were one of the finalists among 7,000 competitors in China’s 4th CCTV national dance competition. They were the first handicapped couple to ever enter the competition. They won the silver medal with a 99.17 score and the audience popular vote. And Li and Xiaowei became an instant national hit.
Watch this beautiful video that entails in itself a stunning story of two physically challenged people. The story is in the form of gorgeous choreography. And, these people who are dancing and projecting such beautiful emotions have some sort of physical disability.
You will be surprised to see this wonderful act of sensitivity and creativity. Even if you are not a fan of dancing you should watch this and get in touch with your sensitive side.