Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year.
When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.
But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)
At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.
Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”
Amen to that, Hugh.
This is, like, literally all of my favorite things, all at once. OMG.
This is all kinds of cool.
This shot seemed mediocre when viewing it on the camera, but I like how the mirror caught a view of the follower.
frank and hazel try to lindy hop and it goes about as well as they should have expected
now i can sleep peacefully
14 juillet 1955 Paris
Photo: Robert Doisneau
…did he just do the hammer shuffle on ICE SKATES?
holy shit he DID.
DAYUM, JASON SON.
A dance is like a conversation
Except your lips don't ever need to part