Two Sisters, One an Amputee, Use Dance to 'Speak' Without a Voice

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PHOTO: The sisters are the subject of the Soar documentary.
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PHOTO: The sisters are the subject of the "Soar" documentary.

However, after being included with other professional dancers, Brinkley said she struggled to fit in, especially without her sister.

“I was terrified. [Uriah] was always my security blanket, almost,” said Brinkley. “I didn’t have to verbally speak on how I couldn’t do something, I just had [Uriah].”

Brinkley is now a full-fledged member of the Polaris Dance Theatre dance company, where she both performs and choreographs dance.

Boyd said seeing her sister in a professional company has helped her develop her own dance skills and allow both of the sisters to be more independent from one another.

“I can learn a lot of things by watching her,” said Boyd.

After graduating high school, Boyd joined another dance company in the area. She said she’s debated doing other work, including working in construction, but for now dancing remains her main passion.

“Every time I stop for a while and I write or draw. It always comes back,” said Boyd. “Dance has always been that thing where it’s in my life. I’m never really chasing it.”

Brinkley said she's come to accept that dance will always be a huge part of her life, even though she believes her physical limitations will mean a shorter dance career. The rough movements onstage affect the bones in Brinkley's leg and require periodic operations to reshape the bone.

"When I got serious about dance, it was an expression, [it's] my voice without speaking," said Brinkley.

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