Spotlight on South Australian Dancer in the OI Community

Our very own, Matt Shilcock, of the OI Society Board has featured in an ABC article which describes his love for dancing and how his OI has only contributed to the uniqueness he can offer to the dance community.

Matt chose to work his way out of his wheelchair and into the dance world at age 15. The now 33-year-old has said its the best decision he has made. Although it hasn’t been easy – “every single show I’ve done so far I’ve broken something and my niche has kind of been to adapt to that in some way — I think that’s what sells tickets” – Matt frequently comes away with injuries. Still, he finds dancing is better than physio and promotes him to keep moving and building up muscle.


“I initially took up dancing because it was just cheaper than physiotherapy and as I started to gain more confidence and competence moving my body, adapting to injuries and coming back from injuries and learning my physical potential, just that excitement that came with that was really addictive,” he said”.


Matt landed his dream come true last year – a mentorship with the acclaimed Australian Dance Theatre (ADT). “Shilcock has turned his hand to choreography, with his debut work to be unveiled as part of ADT’s season called The World’s Smallest Stage.”


You can read Matt’s full article here, written by Matthew Smith, the report highlights Matt’s achievements. Dont forget to check out Matt’s Facebook Page for more information regarding his choreography lessons.


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Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a genetic disorder that causes a person's bones to break easily, often from little or no apparent trauma. OI is also called "brittle bone disease." OI varies in severity from person to person, ranging from a mild type to a severe type that causes death before or shortly after birth.

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