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Dancer overcomes injury to compete

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Maverick Taylor loves to dance, so when auditions for the Fox TV hit 'So You Think You Can Dance' rolled into Austin, Maverick made the trek, made it past group rounds and scored a solo audition.

That's pretty impressive considering a flatbed crushed one of his feet.

"I was working at the port of Houston," Maverick said. "My big toe was almost amputated off and I had a bunch of broken bones. The first thing that came to my mind was if I was going to be able to dance. If I was able to dance, I'd be able to walk. So that's what I was worried about."

That was back in 2009. Now, three years, two amputations and five surgeries later, Maverick glides, moves, and jumps with ease. It hasn't been easy. Maverick met physical therapist, Jason Bartlett shortly after his second surgery.

"You kind of have to go back and relearn how to walk," Bartlett said. "So we take baby steps. We have to get his foot used to accepting weight."

Maverick described his first post-accident step like this:

"Imagine putting your foot in a bucket of ice water, leave it in there four hours, and take it out and try to walk on rocks."

Still, he did it. Within months he learned to walk, learned balance, strengthened his muscles and started dancing again. His third, fourth, and fifth surgeries each took him back to square one, canceling out the progress he made in therapy sessions in between.

"That says a lot about Maverick's not only dedication to what he wants to pursue as a career, but to his character," Bartlett said. "He has a goal in mind and he stays focused on his goal."

Maverick will start teaching dance classes next month.

And in May, you just may see more of him when the new season of 'So You Think You Can Dance' starts.

"Based on my style, my story and my personality, they wanted to do a story on me to put on SYTYCD," Maverick said.

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