Tiny dancer beats the odds
CHRISTIAN Lane-Krebs just loves to dance.
At four years old he competed in his third eisteddfod this week in Gladstone.
He has impressed adjudicators enough to earn highly commended awards for his three dances.
But the fact that Christian is able to even dance at all has amazed many and he continues to exceed expectations.
Christian was born deaf and with cerebral palsy, and has limited function on his left hand side.
Not expected to live past four days, and given little chance of ever walking or talking, the young Bundaberg dancer has continually defied the odds.
Mother Katrina said Christian's regular dance lessons helped with his therapy, and his physiotherapy treatment was incorporated into his routine.
Incredibly, Christian learned to dance without the ability to hear, and competed in his first eisteddfod without hearing the music.
Christian has since received a bone conductor to aid his hearing.
He was entered in three dances at this week's Gladstone Eisteddfod in tap, jazz and demi-character, and has performed The Entertainer, Black Betty and The Lion King.
“It's really fun, it gives you energy,” Christian said.
Asked about his favourite dance, Christian didn't have to think long.
“The Lion King, it's very fun.”
Adding to his performances, Christian has dressed as a lion cub and other costumes designed by his mother.
One of seven siblings, Christian competed in the annual Gladstone event with older sisters Tiffany and Felicity.
Mrs Lane-Krebs said Christian was lucky to have the support of good teachers and fellow dancer and role model Ben “Mr Ben” Greco.