Evan Ruggerio

Evan began dancing at the young age of five after he went to pick up his sister with his mother from a dancing studio. By the age of 10, he joined New Jersey Tap Ensemble. He soon danced at the Lincoln Theatre among others. He was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer of the right leg and after several surgeries, the cancer returned and spread to his lungs.

Unfortunately, he was left with no other choice, but to amputate his leg and undergo chemotherapy for 16 months to save his life. However, that did not change his spirit; Evan resumed Tap dancing soon after his treatment. While most people wouldn’t even have the courage to start over, but his enthusiasm and determination did not let cancer become a setback in his career.

Evan knew that dance was an important part of his life and he used it to gain his strength and confidence back It was dance that brought him to a life he had always wanted. He went on to pursue his dream and proved that everything is possible in life and there’s nothing that cannot be done. Also, His journey led him to becoming a motivational speaker and be an inspiration to all.