David Toole obituary

One of the world’s leading disabled dancers with a gift for combining physical power with bewitching delicacy

David Toole, who has died aged 56, was perhaps the world’s most renowned disabled dancer, a double amputee whose combination of physical power and bewitching delicacy created arresting imagery on stage and TV around the globe.

Watched by 146 million viewers at the opening ceremony of the London Paralympic Games in 2012, he swung his body across the stage on his hands, defying preconceptions about dexterity and beauty with a display of heart-stopping gracefulness, accompanied by the singer Birdy performing the Antony and the Johnsons song Bird Gerhl.

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