A wheelchair dancer who will perform with the Royal Ballet at the ParalympicsGB Homecoming event has said he hopes to “open people’s eyes”.
Joe Powell-Main, 23, from Newtown in mid Wales, will be the first wheelchair user to perform with the prestigious ballet company, in a bespoke piece accompanied by the singer Birdy.
The dancer trained at the Royal Ballet school for four years from the age of 11, until he suffered an injury that left him with impaired mobility, using crutches and a wheelchair.
Powell-Main, who is now a member of Ballet Cymru, said he thought his future in ballet was over until he discovered Wheelchair Dance Association classes, which made him hopeful of a future pursuing his passion.
Powell-Main said he was aware of only two other classically-trained ballet dancers who use wheelchairs but hopes there will soon be more.
ParalympicsGB athletes are supported by the National Lottery.
The National Lottery’s ParalympicsGB Homecoming will air this Sunday at 10pm on Channel 4.