Intel Commercial Dancer Paige Fraser & Ailey II Dancer Lloyd A. Boyd Didn’t Let Scoliosis Stop Their Dreams
Willie Grace | 3/23/2016, 10:46 a.m.
Paige Fraser soars and twirls effortlessly in the latest Intel commercial highlighting the company’s new innovations in computer technology.
But if you look deeper, technology isn’t the only awe-inspiring beauty in the commercial. It’s Fraser whom suffers daily from scoliosis – a sideways curvature in the spine.
“I do experience muscle tightness because if your spine is S-curved, one side is compensating for the other, which then pulls on your pelvis, which then makes one leg longer than the other,” Fraser, 25, says while sitting inside a rehearsal studio at Visceral Dance Chicago, a contemporary dance company of which she is a founding member.
“I’ve been dancing professionally for five years. I’ve been dancing with the condition for about 12 years… it’s a blessing to be able to move and keep up with my coworkers,” she says.
Fraser began dancing at 4 years old. According to her mom, she wouldn’t stop singing and moving around, so she put Fraser in ballet. Yet, while a freshman at The Ailey School in New York, Fraser received the worst news of her young life. “I had a curvature in my spine,” she explains. “The first doctor visit I had, I was told I needed surgery.
The Bronx native thought she would never dance again.
About 7 million people in America are living with scoliosis, an incurable disorder. The primary age for diagnosis is between ages 10 and 15, according to the National Scoliosis Foundation.
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