MEET THE ROLLETTES TEAM

TRAILBLAZING WITH DANCE

These women have created a community that redefines what it means to be strong, female, and resilient. With dance, community outreach, education programs and content creation, they dazzle and push the boundaries that others place in the way.

ROLLETTES
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Women Empowering Women with Disabilities to Live Boundlessly and Shift Perspectives Through Dance.

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CHELSIE HILL

Growing up, I was put in dance classes at the age of 3 and by the time I turned 5, I was competing at a regional and national level. I continued dancing through high school and grew up with a strong passion for dance, wanting to go to college and continue dancing. In 2010, everything changed. Due to a car accident, I was left paralyzed from the belly button down (T10). Along my Journey I have since met many different people who have brought back my strong passion of dance. Meeting the girls on this dance team has shown me that my dreams can come true and this team isn't only a team we're a family, a strong one, these are girls. I am so thankful to have these beautiful women and I know we will be in each others lives forever.

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CONNER LUNDIUS

I’m Conner! I tend to be a bit bashful, but like to open myself up to the world and its experiences, never taking life too seriously. I grew up in a small town located in Southern Illinois, called St. Louis, Missouri home for almost eight years, and now reside in Southern California. I have a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising, and a natural affinity to anything involving clothes. Most of my days are spent cuddling my cat Baker, working for the team, or filling my apartment with the scent of chocolate chip cookies. I try my best to enjoy the little things and little moments of life.

 

In 2015, two weeks after I graduated college, I was involved in a car accident, leaving me with life-threatening internal injuries and multiple spinal fractures. I’ve been a dancer since the age of 5. I danced my way through both high school and college. Life with my spinal cord injury felt completely different from my life as an able-bodied person, and created this huge sense of loss within myself. Discovering the Rollettes after my injury was a defining moment, and cultivated this feeling in me that I could once again dance my way through life.

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STEPH AIELLO

My name is Steph! Despite having a C5 spinal cord injury, I'm a makeup artist, childcare teacher, mentor, vlogger (YouTube) and one of the newest dancers on the team. Since being on the dance team, I've not only gained physical strength but strength in my confidence with dancing. Dancing was always important to me and I'm so blessed to now have a family who is just as passionate about something that makes me feel so free.

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SAMANTHA LOPEZ

My name is Samantha. I was injured in 2012 when I fell from a 3 story apartment and as a result I have a T12 spinal cord injury. I have been on the dance team in 2014. Joining the dance team was and has been the best choice I  have made. Dance was something that I always wanted to do and always caught my attention before my accident, but it was never something I actually pursued.

 

About after a year into my injury, I realized how short life is and how I should be spending it by doing what I love and basically just taking chances in life. I don't think I could have fallen in love with dance if it weren't for the girls on the team. They have made this journey unforgettable & the bond that we have is unbreakable. 

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CATHERINE ELLIOT

Growing up I was always a bit of a risk taker. I loved adventuring out and trying new things.

 

In 2012 I was diagnosed with transverse myelitis leaving me at a T10. It was a hard adjustment being 15 ,and having to take a few steps back when everyone else was moving on. But to this day I wouldn't change a thing that has happened to me because it led me to this amazing group of girls I get to call my sisters.

 

I have learned to make the most of a situation I couldn't control and love living life. In my free time I love going on adventures, traveling, and trying new things. I love pushing my boundaries and getting out my comfort zone. I'm so lucky to be apart of this group of girls I can relate to, and it makes dancing with them that much better. 

In 2015, two weeks after I graduated college, I was involved in a car accident, leaving me with life-threatening internal injuries and multiple spinal fractures. I’ve been a dancer since the age of 5. I danced my way through both high school and college. Life with my spinal cord injury felt completely different from my life as an able-bodied person, and created this huge sense of loss within myself. Discovering the Rollettes after my injury was a defining moment, and cultivated this feeling in me that I could once again dance my way through life.

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