Life as a professional dancer is usually pretty extraordinary, but some stories are more incredible than others. One such story is that of Julia Carlile, a talented dancer and a Britain’s Got Talent champion who also happens to suffer from Scoliosis.
Dancing is a physically demanding form of performance art, and for people with Scoliosis, it might even be impossible. Scoliosis is a disease that affects the spine, making it curve gradually and restrict movement. People with scoliosis suffer pain and discomfort, have to wear braces and sometimes even go under surgery to ease the symptoms.
Naturally, most patients with scoliosis don’t pick competitive sports as their first career choice. But Julia Carlile did. She’d been dancing all her life, even before she knew there was something wrong with her spine, and even though her Scoliosis is sever, all she wanted to do all her life is dance. Her condition has never stopped her from showcasing her natural talent, and she even competed in Britain’s Got Talent with her dance group, MerseyGirls, and won first place!
But here’s where it gets even more inspiring. On the show, Julia revealed that she would have to go to surgery, which would fix her spine, but would end her dancing career. A more advanced type of surgery that would allow her to keep dancing was available in the States, but she couldn’t afford it. When Simon Cowell, the leading judge of the show, heard her story, he decided to pay for her to go to the Stated and have the surgery there!
Thanks to Simon’s beautiful act of kindness, Julia can keep on dancing, and we hope she does do for many more years.