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Photographer: Allen Myers

Joel grew up learning dance from his dancer-mother, and gymnastics from his gymnast-father. He was very athletic and thrived on the basketball team, soccer team, and he was constantly BMXing with his friends at the dirt jumps. Joel was paralyzed in a car accident (T-4, complete) when he was nine years old. Post-injury, he excelled at wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, swimming, growing up, and getting into trouble.

Joel Brown is a multi-faceted performer. Singer/songwriter, dancer, comedian, Joel would say, “I just like to play”. He lives in Oakland, California, and dances professionally with AXIS Dance Company. Joel was a guest artist, representing AXIS, on television’s “So You Think You Can Dance” in August 2012.