PERFORMING on Strictly Come Dancing is the ultimate dream for almost every Latin and ballroom performer.
But for Jasmine Takacs, a slot on the show led to a devastating injury that nearly ended her dancing career forever.
The 35-year-old, from Sweden, was thrilled to be selected to be one of two dancers doing a routine to a Gary Barlow song between the celebrity performances in 2016.
However, in the rehearsal just moments before they took to the dancefloor, Jasmine's male partner dropped her as he attempted to lift her.
“It was a super small lift, but I was in a huge amount of pain after hitting the ground,” she said. “It was just five minutes before we were due on stage, so I decided to push through it and do the performance as it was only a few minutes.
“Afterwards I went straight to hospital and found out I had broken my foot in three pieces, my ligaments had been stretched to around 90 per cent and I had tendonitis as well.
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“I was told it would take me at least six months to heal, and I had to learn to walk again before I could even attempt to dance.”
Beside Jasmine throughout her gruelling rehab was her dance partner Aaron Brown, with whom she miraculously went on to reach the finals of Britain's Got Talent.
It was through her friendship with him that she was able to slowly put her foot through its paces and feel safe performing death-defying lifts.
Incredibly, she was back walking and starting to dance in just three months, which she credits to her “determination” to get better.
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