75-year old Paddy Jones and her 35 year old partner, Nico, a local dance school instructor, performed and went on to win Spain's national talent competition Tu Si Que Vales (You're really worth it). Tu Si Que Vales is the Spanish equivalent of Britain's Got Talent. To the amazement of the judges, the dance routine Paddy and Nico performed was salsa acrobatica. This is not just a salsa routine, which is hard enough in and of itself, but salsa with acrobatics in it!
CNN calls Jones, "Spain's answer to Susan Boyle." The hearts of millions were touched as we watched and listened to Susan Boyle's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream." Boyle's new album, "hit the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with 701,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan." [CNN, 12/11/09]. Boyle's album is currently available at amazon.com.
I am a always on the lookout for inspiring and empowering instances where people break through expectations and outdo themselves. In so doing they inspire me and probably countless others to not let our circumstances stiffle and keep us in our own individual ruts.
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