A Drunk Driver Took Everything From Her, But This Dancer Took It Right Back

Chelsie Hill always dreamed of being a professional dancer, but when a car accident left her paralyzed from the waist down everyone thought that dream was over.

They were wrong.

Instead of killing her dream though, the accident that took the use of her legs from her actually gave it life.


Hill spent almost 2 months in a hospital fighting for her life. When the doctor came in and told her she'd never walk again she didn't believe it.

"In the beginning I thought, well, when someone breaks a bone, they heal," she told TODAY. "I didn't really understand the extent of what had happened."

While out with friends one night Hill got into a car with a friend who had been drinking. They ran head on into a tree, breaking Hill's back.

In the weeks after the accident Hill never lost her love for dancing.

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"I was like 'Okay, how am I going to get dressed? How am I doing to do this?' but I always knew I would dance again."

She met a group of women at a wheelchair support group after she was released from hospital. That's where she got the idea for The Rollettes - the first wheelchair only dance troupe.

Launched in 2012, the Rollettes are now a big deal. They tour the country performing their dance routines to today's hit songs from Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and many others.


Their success even spawned a reality TV show Push Girls showcasing their immense talent.

Even with her great attitude and support from her family and friends, learning how to dance in a wheelchair wasn't easy.

"Half my body was taken from me, I have to move with my hands now. It definitely took a lot of learning and patience."

You can see just how much it paid off here:

Hill's message is inspiring to many, and her story is a lesson to us all: Never give up on your dreams.

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