Listening Time — 50:19
Although she's only 22 years old, Sydney Mesher has already done a lot as a professional dancer. Late last year, she achieved a longtime goal by becoming a member of the famed Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. She performed in their legendary holiday show.
Sydney is distinctive in another way as well. She was the first dancer with a visible disability to appear on stage in the troupe's nearly 100-year history. Sydney was born without a left hand. But she never let that slow her down. She's rallied past several bumps in the road, including a significant one in early 2019. A foot injury threatened her ability to perform for an important audition.
Sydney talks about her journey from a little girl who was dancing before she could walk. Joining her is Tyler Kenton, a physical therapist who helped her through an injury. Tyler discusses how Sydney's physical features influence her treatment. He also shares about the innovative rehab program that returned her to high-performance dancing on a tight schedule.
Here's our conversation with Sydney and Tyler.