Overcoming Injuries To Dance

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Originally published in Wake Weekly– June 21, 2018

Lindsay Fisher, who grew up in Wake Forest, will be taking her dancing talents to East Carolina University on scholarship.

Fisher has received numerous college scholarship offers across the east coast, but decided to stay closer to home and dance for ECU. The 18-year-old earned a $5,000 scholarship to attend school in-state rather than out of state.

At ECU, Fisher will study Exercise Physiology and Physical Therapy. After going through multiple injuries herself, this field of study is personal for her.

Fisher fractured her sits bone and had trouble with her left hip in the spring of 2015. She had to sit out of dance for seven weeks during the prime of competition season and miss recital in order for it to heal.

Fisher developed tendinitis in both of her shoulders early 2016 as a result of training in acrobatics several hours a week. She had countless ankle sprains and injuries on both ankles starting around the age of 12 that would keep her out of dance anywhere from two to seven weeks each season.

The most recent incident occurred in November of 2017. Fisher ruptured a ligament in her left ankle and also suffered a bone bruise that would take two to four months to fully heal.

“Fortunately, having a great physical therapist I was able to still dance and compete while wearing an ankle brace,” Fisher said. “My therapist helped me through many hours of therapy a week which allowed me to strengthen surrounding muscle groups and eventually get back to what I love after each injury.”

Fisher started dancing at the age of two and a half. Her mother signed her up for a creative movement class once a week for 45 minutes at Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts.

Fisher started competing two years later. In 2016, she joined No Limits Dance Center to further her dancing skills and attend conventions and larger competitions.

Over the years, Fisher has also attended summer intensives at Carolina Ballet, UNC School of the Arts and Tremaine. Some of the competitions Fisher has performed well in are Dance Makers Inc., Tremaine Dance Conventions, Artists Simply Human and Adrenaline Dance.

“My studio has consistently scored well at these events,” Fisher said. “We received wonderful feedback from the judges and teachers.”

This past November, Fisher was awarded a $20,000 scholarship to attend a performing arts/commercial dance college in Los Angeles called American Musical and Dramatic Academy in November of her senior year. She is attending the academy right now and will compete in the Dance Makers Nationals with her studio June 23-28 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Fisher was born and raised in Wake Forest and attended Franklin Academy since kindergarten. She dropped out after her freshman year and enrolled in North Carolina Virtual Academy as a sophomore.

“I started NCVA so I would have a more flexible school schedule in order to continue my dance training of 15-18 hours per week plus traveling many weekends for competitions,” Fisher said. “I enjoyed the flexibility and was still challenged with Honors and AP courses.”

When she attends ECU this fall, Fisher will compete for the school’s dance team and perform during the college’s football and basketball season.

To learn more about North Carolina Virtual Academy, visit https://ncva.k12.com/.

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