Contact Us

Inspiring Teen With No Arms or Legs Dances Up a Storm

Subscribe to TheFW on

No arms. No legs. No problem.

Seventeen-year-old Gabe Adams has no arms or legs, but that hasn’t prevented him from dancing.

In fact, Adams, of Kaysville, Utah, can be seen in this video with the dance team at Adams High, of which he was a member until he moved a few weeks ago and enrolled in a new school.

Adams says dancing is a way for him to show he can be like everyone else:

I got into dancing because I wanted to prove to myself and other people around me that there was more to me than the kid that was in the wheelchair or the kid who didn’t have an extra activity to do and stuff like that.”

Adams knows he may look different, but says, “My teammates treated me like a normal person and didn’t look at my disability, just my ability to dance and be part of a team.”

According to TODAY, Adams “was born with Hanhart syndrome, a congenital defect that causes malformed arms and legs.” A native of Brazil, his birth mother didn’t think she could adequately take care of him, so he wound up being adopted by a couple from Kaysville who have 13 biological children.

His mother says, “When we adopted Gabe, we seriously had no clue that he would ever be able to walk, let alone dance. I’m so proud of him and his bravery and willingness to try new things.”

Adams has left Davis High and enrolled in a school which does not have a dance team, so he hopes to continue to pursue his interest through other classes and a nearby studio.

As he says, “I love the feel that I get from (dancing) … I can be free and be who I am and express my emotions and feelings through it all and come out as a completely different person after the performance.”

Recommended for You

Around the Web

Best of TheFW

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for TheFW quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!