“To create an aerial dance studio and performance company specifically for dancers with physical disabilities, so they can be productive and inspiring members of the national community through performance and conversations.”

By 18, Mel Stevens was working as a professional dancer, opening department stores in Oxford Street, on TV commercials and Breakfast TV, music videos and touring with top bands worldwide. By 20, she was working for a major record company and continuing to dance professionally the world over.

Her momentum was halted in 2003 by the tragedy of breaking her back while giving birth. The incident forced her to relearn everything she had known, physically and emotionally. While coming to terms with her altered physical state, declining health and the effects of pain medication, Mel had to adjust to the trappings of life with paralysis.