Why This Professional Dancer With Autism Says Ballet Saved His Life

Philip Martin-Nelson was diagnosed early on with a form of autism so severe that he couldn’t speak or tolerate eye contact and touching for the first three years of his life, according to My Fox Philly. That all changed, however, when he was 6 and his mother enrolled him in his first ballet class.

Martin-Nelson soon began to improve in other areas because of his passion for dance. Now, the 20-year-old is a principal dancer at the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo dance company.

Ballet is what saved my whole life,” Martin-Nelson told the outlet.

Hear more about his incredible journey in the video below: 

h/t Autism Speaks

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