The prognosis for Philip Martin-Nelson as a child was tough: diagnosed with severe autism, he was unable to communicate, hold eye contact or even stand to be touched.
Through intensive therapy, he eventually was able to speak, and he told his mother he wanted to dance. She enrolled him in gymnastics and sports, but it wasn’t until Philip tried ballet at age 6 that he truly began to flourish, MyFOXNY reported.
Now, Martin-Nelson, 20, is performing with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, an all-male ballet company.
“Ballet is what saved my whole life,” Martin-Nelson told FOX. “If I didn’t have ballet, if I had never stepped in to that first ballet class, I probably would have never fully recovered.”
Read more about Philip’s amazing story on MyFOXNY.
You can check out Philip and Les Ballets Trokadero de Monte Carlo at the Joyce Theater in New York City through Jan. 4, performing programs that include productions from “Swan Lake,” “Don Quixote” and “La Naiade et Le Pecheur.”