ENCINO (CBSLA.com) — After a long road to recovery, a celebrity dancer who suffered a series of aneurysms is helping others get back on their feet.
Hoping to inspire fellow brain trauma patients, Steelo Vazquez donates his time by teaching a dance class once a week at the Centre for Neuro Skills in Encino.
“[Steelo] does inspire me a lot because he shows me that it can be done. It is possible,” 27-year-old Michael, who was in a car accident 8 months ago, told KCAL9’s Kristine Lazar.
But just two years ago, the 33-year-old Vazquez was in a coma after suffering four separate aneurysms. When he awoke, he says he had to relearn, “Everything. How to speak … how to act.”
Steelo started break dancing at the age of 13 growing up in Puerto Rico. When he moved to Los Angeles in his 20s, he went on tour and starred in a video with Gwen Stefani. He also danced alongside Madonna and Janet Jackson.
He credits his wife, Penelope, and three-year-old son for his recovery, which has stunned his doctors. He said his recovery required hard work, tears, and determination.
His speech therapist, Rose Johnson, called him a “miracle.”
“I mean, we wouldn’t have thought Steelo would have made it to where he is right now,” she said.