Who Needs Limbs to Dance?

Who Needs Limbs to Dance?

1st June 2014 // By Jasmine S. // Music

There are things you think you cannot do. You think you cannot do the splits, or cartwheel, or do parkour. It’s impossible, you say. But what’s impossible to you is simply an obstacle to overcome for Kiera Brinkley and her sister, Uriah Boyd.

Brinkley was only a toddler when she had a bacterial infection that led to a quadruple amputation. Her sister and future dance partner, Uriah Boyd, was only a month and a half. Brinkley grew up walking on stumps whenever possible, and used a wheelchair outdoors. Going to a school with the best dance program in the city encouraged Brinkley to begin dancing, and she pushed her sister to perform with her. But after several surgeries due to the damage from dancing, Brinkley acknowledged the fact that amputees simply weren’t made to dance. 

Dancing sharpens the bones in her amputated limbs into pencil points, and every few years Brinkley would undergo surgery to break the bones off, leaving her incapacitated for several months. She didn’t want this to be a routine, so she enrolled herself in Benson Tech to study health sciences and after graduation, studied to become a medical assistant.

Boyd joined her high school’s dancing troupe to pursue a dance career of her own. After awhile, Brinkley began volunteering with her sister’s troupe and even helped choreograph several pieces. When the troupe’s instructor, Melissa St. Clair, saw the energy between the sisters, she suggested that they danced together, and so they did. St. Clair wanted to capture the magic of their relationship, so she cast filmmaker Susan Hess Logeais to document their journey together. 

This is a story of hope, sisterly bonds, and the strength of the human spirit that might inspire you to follow your dreams too. To help them finish their documentary, visit their Kickstarter

Photo sourced here.