The Unlikely Ballerina: A Daring Adventure with Cerebral Palsy by Denise LanceThe Unlikely Ballerina: A Daring Adventure with Cerebral Palsy by Denise Lance

The Unlikely Ballerina: A Daring Adventure with Cerebral Palsy

byDenise Lance

Paperback | March 10, 2017

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Denise Lance’s parents were told that their daughter would never walk, never talk, and never write her name. Calvin and Jean Lance never believed their bright-eyed little girl had severe cognitive disabilities, though her physical and speech impairments from cerebral palsy were obvious. They enabled Denise to live a typical, happy childhood, learning and playing alongside her peers without disabilities. 

Not only did Denise walk, she danced in the school talent show. Not only did she talk, she spoke to her entire elementary school,and was elected to student council. Not only did she write her name, she wrote a column in the high school paper.

Her world expanded to new heights when she got a computer. Thoughts passed from her mind, down to her big toes, to the computer keyboard, and onto the computer screen. Her intellect was no longer limited by the confines of physical limitations. 

This is a story of unprecedented parental devotion, creativity, and gut-following. It is a story of dedicated teachers and genuine friends who looked beyond cerebral palsy and saw a witty, smart, passionate soul that deserved to soar. This is Denise’s funny, tearful, true account of living a typical life through unconventional means.

Title:The Unlikely Ballerina: A Daring Adventure with Cerebral PalsyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.45 inPublished:March 10, IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1634918762

ISBN - 13:9781634918763


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Take Her Home and Love Her
Chapter 2: Walking Makes You Worthy
Chapter 3: Educate Me!
Chapter 4: Meeting Mrs. Steele
Chapter 5: First Love, Disco, and Theft
Chapter 6: On the Shoulders the Giant
Chapter 7: The Unlikely Ballerina
Chapter 8: The Year from Hell
Chapter 9: Doo Da Redux
Chapter 10: Designer-Labeled identity
Chapter 11: Young Love, Big Hair, and Hot Rods
Chapter 12: Falling
Chapter 13: Trying Again
Chapter 14: Miraculous Feet
Chapter 15: High Upon a Hill She Stands
Chapter 16: An Even Bigger Hill
Chapter 17 Respect Me, I'm a Doctor
Chapter 18 A Job at the Beach
Chapter 19 Rooms of My Own
Chapter 20: Third Strike
Chapter 21: I'm Right Over Here!
About the Author