‘Truly a Miracle’: Dancer Overcomes Brain Injury, Shares Story of Hope

(Akron Beacon Journal) – With every step, turn and bravura lift that professional ballet dancer Brian Murphy executed at a rehearsal with a dance partner in Akron earlier this month, he was thankful to be alive.

After suffering a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a bike accident in late June in Toledo and having lifesaving neurosurgery, he’s thrilled to be back dancing full-strength.

This weekend, he’ll be making his first public performance since his accident, as a guest dancer for Cleveland’s Dancing Wheels at the Big Umbrella Festival for neurodiverse audiences at the Lincoln Center in New York. Murphy has danced with Dancing Wheels, which integrates dancers of all abilities, for a year. CONTINUE