‘Nothing is impossible if you want to make your dreams come true’

May 31, 2017

SOUL SEARCHING: Former breakdancer Evgeny (Eugene) Smirnov, who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2012, became a participant in the Russian show Dances and took part in a video, sung by a well-known East European artist. He set up his own dancing school for disabled people. As one contributor to the video observed: “The song itself is able to reach the depths of the soul with the words and power of the voice, but the clip is a separate conversation. It’s like a little film.” He is pictured with his dance partner, Daria Smirnova. Picture courtesy of You Tube.

 

A FORMER breakdancer who tragically lost his leg in a motorcycle overcame his disability to feature on a major Russian talent show.

Evgeny Smirnov danced from the ninth grade of school and started his career in breakdancing, and complemented this skill by doing snowboarding. This story came across my news feed and although he is well-known in central and Eastern Europe, he has not had much coverage in western Europe.

Evgeny, or Eugene in English, was involved in an accident in 2012 when his moped was hit by a car. Due to medical complications sustained by an injury to his knee, the leg developed gangrene and had to be amputated above the knee.

To his friends, he is called Rzhziy (Red-haired in Russian) and he did not give up on his dancing ambitions. Three years later he auditioned for the TV Show “Dances”.

He was noticed by Maxim Fadeyev, a talented producer and composer and was invited to take part in a video for a song performed by a well-known singer in Ukraine.

The video was shot in the former Lenin Library in Moscow, one of the largest in Europe, which houses up to 46 million books. The full video to this song can be viewed here.

The same year he set up a special dance school for disabled people and healthy people alike and called it “Ryhziy Dance” and is a great environment for able-bodied and disabled dancers to make friends alike and the message he has articulated is that nothing is impossible.

A contributor to the thread to the song wrote this: “It’s really a very touching story. But it is also important to me that we treat the hero of this clip with equal respect.

“The song itself is also amazing. When I first heard it on the radio, I immediately liked it. I want to sing along with the singers and the singers are amazing. The video really shocked me.

“When I listen to this track, I have a lump in my throat. I barely hold on, so as not to burst into tears. The song itself is able to reach the depths of the soul with the words and power of the voice, but the clip is a separate conversation. It’s like a little film.”
 

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