Ballerina With Scoliosis Shows How Some Things Aren't Limitations, Just Extra Challenges

"Dance is my healing."

When she was just 13 years old, Paige Fraser was diagnosed with scoliosis. Despite this, Fraser pursued her dreams of becoming a ballerina, and now, she serves as a reminder that we should never give up on ourselves.

In a video for Elle's video series, The Movement, Fraser performs for the camera while explaining that doctors warned her about the effect of her diagnosis. Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder that causes a sideways curvature of the spine or backbone. It can happen to anyone at any age, but is common in children, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases reports

Doctors recommended that Fraser get surgery, but that would consist of putting metail rods in her back. Fraser declined

"Don't get me wrong," she tells Fordham News. "there are days when arches in my back are tight, or my ribs are inflamed. But you just have to learn about your curve, and know how to listen to your body."


"I instantly thought my dreams of being a dancer and a professional would be ruined," Fraser adds in the Elle video. "For me, I've faced a lot of challenges and set backs, but I am grateful because I have my faith and I have that little whisper in my ear that reminds me why I do this ... dance is my healing."

Now, the twenty-something has made quite a name for herself; she's trained at Ballet Atlantic Academy, Professional Performing Arts High School, and Dominican University of California/Alonzo King's Lines Ballet, and earned a fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Fraser is also a founding dancer of Visceral Dance Chicago. In 2013, Fraser performed in Beyonce's "Bow Down" tour opener. 

Fraser is among those who are showing that scoliosis won't slow them down: Victoria's Secret model Martha Hunt, Gigi Crouch, and Rebecca Dann, to name a few. 


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