Hosted by N.G.D clothing, the Valley wide Dance Battle brought hopeful hip-hop dancers of all ages to Tempe’s Beats and cocktail lounge, but for Welsey Arroyo, known under his street name Wild-Wild-West, dancing is more than just an art form. It was his will to live.
After being shot in the abdomen by a 22 caliber bullet, Arroyo was on bed rest in the hospital for over two months, with lack of motion, unable to eat or talk. Doctors told him he would probably be unable to walk, stuck in the body fit for a 65-year-old man. He has a scar on his stomach from the wound which stretches from just under his belly button all the way to his lower waist.
Now, it’s just two years later, and doctors say it’s a phenomenon that Arroyo is even able to walk. Arroyo credits his love of dance and optimistic outlook as the reason that he went from being told he would have limited movement for the rest of his life to winning dance battles around the Valley.
His passion for dance is exactly what won over Chuck Watkins and the other judges to crown Arroyo the “Wild Wild West” as winner of the NDG dance battle , he will receive an international feature in the magazine Dear Arrabella and a professionally shot and edited video of him dancing. Arroyo hopes his success story inspires others.
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