66: Dancing into Rodeo with Lisa Leann Dalton

Lisa Leann Dalton spent her entire career dancing in NYC before she transitioned to the world of rodeo in her early forties. After winning some rodeos in Texas, she was bucked off a horse during an event, and broke her neck. She was paralyzed for a couple of months and slowly regained some motor function. She is not the same person today with the same capabilities physically, but she has matured emotionally through it all. In this episode:

  • Beginning ballet/dance at 17 years old and earning a scholarship for it
  • Finding a dance career in NYC
  • The emotional rollercoaster of auditions within the dance world
  • Handling and processing rejection
  • Dance is delicate, rodeo is rough, but both are difficult
  • Competing in bareback bronco rodeo
  • The similarities between dancing and rodeo
  • Winning the biggest rodeo of the year in her first year as a rodeo star
  • Breaking her neck in rodeo and becoming paralyzed
  • Regaining motion bit by bit, moment by moment
  • Getting back in the saddle again
  • The good – How the injury led to a kinder and gentler version of herself

You can contact Lisa directly at @lisaleanne6914 on Instagram or lisaleann13@yahoo.com

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