Overcoming Brain Injury
Heather Aucoin was in an accident 3 years ago and suffered from a brain injury as well as injuries to her face and ankles. After the brain injury Heather has had problems with fatigue, is easily confused as well as distracted. However, these limitations have not been able to stop Heather’s indomitable spirit. She wanted to dance. So she auditioned for and was accepted by Dancestreams Youth Dance Company in Parksville Canada, and has excelled in a challenging sport.
The program is very demanding of its dancers, according to Canada.com “Because of the time limitations, work must continue to move forward each and every week, placing a lot of pressure on the dancers to absorb and maintain steps, counts and corrections from week to week with no opportunity to repeat lessons.” Heather met this challenge by bringing her own video camera to rehearsal, that way she could tape the sequences and then study them on her own during the week.
Her hard work has paid off, she has “been cast in many roles and has gradually taken on more and more responsibility within the group.”