Just a few days away from the World Special Olympics in Los Angeles, Joshua McGuinness can’t wait to compete with his El Paso, Texas, dance troupe called Las Estrellitas.
While the dancer can’t see or walk, he’s been with the 24-person group, which specializes in folklorico dance, since its origin five years ago.
“I can’t see,” McGuinness tells Fox 14. “So I rely on my ears to be my eyes.”
McGuinness, who spent most of the first year and a half of his life in the hospital after being born at 2 lbs., 3 oz., lost his sight at age 11, according to his mother.
“We were at the doctor’s office when Joshua asked, ‘Who turned off the lights? Why is it dark all of a sudden?’ ” his mother tells Fox 14.
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Being wheelchair-bound, McGuinness has to find creative ways to perform the routines – so he dances by moving his legs with his hands, allowing him to stay in synch with his fellow dancers.
“I love meeting new people and I love the music,” he says. “It’s a new adventure every day.”
McGuinness is excited to compete with his dance “family” this weekend at the Special Olympics.
“The way I look at it, you’re never guaranteed a tomorrow,” McGuinness says. “You have to take every day as it comes.”