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Meet Blessing Fire, #Zimbabwe’s incredible breakdancer with broken legs

When Blessing Fire was born, doctors said he would never be able to walk like a “normal child”. Instead, he took up breakdancing and now he dances in an award-winning crew.

The incredible breakdancer with broken legs: Disabled Zimbabwean who was told he would never walk like a ‘normal child’ now TEACHES dance

  • Blessing Fire was told by doctors he would never walk like a ‘normal child’ 
  • He was put in a wheelchair at a young age and had a metal pin securing his knee
  • But he has become a dance sensation and now teaches able-bodied dancers
  • ‘If you want something you have to go for it and keep believing,’ he said 

Zimbabwe’s breakdance king uses a wheelchair yet he and his dance troop have won prizes for their very physical, athletic dancing.

When Blessing Fire was born in Zimbabwe, he was told by doctors that he would never be able to walk like a ‘normal child.’

But no-one said anything about breakdancing.

The exceptional dancer uses crutches or a wheelchair to move long distances but he is able to walk.

His brother’s gymnastics inspired him to take up breakdancing and now he dances in an award-winning crew.

‘When I was born there was no hope for me to stand or walk like any other normal child,’ Blessing said.

When Blessing Fire was born he was told by doctors that he would never walk like a 'normal child.' Now his dance troop is so popular that he even has a stage name - Beat Boy Crystals

‘So I was put in a wheel chair at a very young age.’

But he is now a full-time dancer, and he teaches dance and judges a local dance competition.

Blessing Fire is also known by his dance name Beat Boy Crystals. But his future did not always look quite so happy.

His brother's gymnastics inspired him to take up breakdancing and now he dances in an award-winning crew. He couldn't copy all of the moves perfectly but he persevered

His brother’s gymnastics inspired him to take up breakdancing and now he dances in an award-winning crew. He couldn’t copy all of the moves perfectly but he persevered

‘My brother’s a professional gymnast. I used to watch and then I would try to copy what he was doing.’

But because of the limitations on his legs, he couldn’t copy all the moves perfectly.

His parents were concerned that walking could damage his legs, because his right knee had a metal pin attached to keep his leg together.

His parents were concerned that walking could damage his legs, because his right knee had a metal pin attached to keep his leg together. But he loved to dance and wanted to see the world

He was not supposed to walk long distances and he was supposed to be on crutches or in wheel chair. But Blessing’s will to walk, dance and experience the world was too strong to contain.

‘I wanted to walk but I also wanted to dance.

‘It was the only thing that gave me a lot of joy and peace inside of me,’ he said.

'I wanted to walk but I also wanted to dance. It was the only thing that gave me a lot of joy and peace inside of me,' he said. So Blessing would sneak out to practice away from his parents

‘I wanted to walk but I also wanted to dance. It was the only thing that gave me a lot of joy and peace inside of me,’ he said. So Blessing would sneak out to practice away from his parents

‘So I would sneak out and go practice. When I went home my legs would hurt. I couldn’t sleep at night my legs were so sore.

‘But because I wanted to dance so bad I didn’t care if I broke them, they were damaged anyway. I just had to do this,’ he said.

'I couldn't sleep at night my legs were so sore. But because I wanted to dance so bad I didn't care if I broke them, they were damaged anyway. I just had to do this,' he said

‘I couldn’t sleep at night my legs were so sore. But because I wanted to dance so bad I didn’t care if I broke them, they were damaged anyway. I just had to do this,’ he said

And all of his hard work and tenacity paid off. Blessing now teaches dance and none of his students have disabilities.

He and his company have even won several regional and local awards for dance.

‘If you want something you have to go for it and you have to keep believing,’ he said.

Despite an early prognosis that would not inspire many to dream of an athletic, physical future, Blessing Fire defied the odds to become a respected breakdancer and teacher in Zimbabwe

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