"EYE-OPENING, POWERFUL AND EMOTIONALLY NUANCED."THE DAILY BEAST
A SUNDANCE TV ORIGINAL SERIES
starring Angela Rockwood, Tiphany Adams, Auti Angel, Mia Schaikewitz and Chelsie Hill

PUSH GIRLS: Pushing through the fear

This week’s Chelsie-centric episode was an intimate and revealing look into the difficult adjustment period that comes with newly acquired disability. Chelsie is lucky to have four fabulous mentors, but she struggles with the changes going on in her life and in her body, and it was really refreshing to get an honest look at that. She was performing in front of her family for the first time, which was understandably nerve-wracking, and things didn’t go quite according to plan, but she held her head up high and got back out on the dance floor, which is hard for any of us to do when we feel like we’ve failed.

Hearing about Chelsie’s dedication to dance throughout her childhood and her initial disinterest in wheelchair dance, it was amazing to see her busting out moves with Auti and Mia in this episode. What a shift, and what a profound illustration of how recovery works. As Mia reminded her, there’s a lot of introspection and self-growth in the wake of a major life event like this. The adjustment period can include some mourning and anger, followed by renewed interest… if you have the right mentors alongside you.

Adjustment to life changes doesn’t just have to be about disability; it can happen when a major relationship begins or ends, you move to a new place, have children, start a new career or experience other radical shifts in your life. It can be scary, and may feel like teetering on the edge of a precipice unless someone is around to reach out. On PUSH GIRLS, the strong relationship between the women highlights the value of community and the importance of supporting one another, whether you’re furious at yourself for taking a fall on the dance floor, stressed out by a new baby who won’t stop crying or facing any of life’s many challenges.

As Chelsie illustrated in this episode, sometimes the best choice is to push through the fear and embarrassment, get back out there and wow the crowd. Which is exactly what she did, recovering well to give a beautiful routine with Auti and Mia while the audience vigorously clapped. That was no pity applause, but respect for a dancer willing to get back out there and go again. Remember the importance of that cheering squad, because someone around you might be braving the dance floor again, so to speak, and could probably really use a round of applause.

Favorite quote, from Auti: ”It’s not the same, but this is how you get through — I’m still here, I still have breath in my body and I have dance in my legs.”

If you can’t stand up, stand out! PUSH GIRLS airs on Mondays at 10P.