06:17 PM EDT 02/22/2015
Originally posted 12/10/2014 03:00PM
[BRIGHTCOVE "3932983291001" "" "" "auto"] In her upcoming memoir On My Own Two Feet, double amputee and Dancing with the Stars alum Amy Purdy opens up for the first time about her near-death experience in 1999.
Originally posted 05/20/2014 11:05PM
After a night of big-name musical performances, a surprise announcement from a judge, and dances from every couple, it was time to name the winner of season 18 of Dancing with the Stars.
Up for the mirror ball trophy were season frontrunners Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, along with Amy Purdy and Derek Hough and Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas.
Originally posted 05/19/2014 09:45PM
It was the first night of finals on Monday's two-part Dancing with the Stars – and the last night for one couple.
After weeks of participating in one of the most competitive seasons, three couples moved on to vie for the mirror ball trophy Tuesday night. Read on to find out who didn't make it.
Originally posted 05/12/2014 10:30PM
The semi-finals came down to a pair of couples who easily could have vied for the mirror ball against each other, only to result in a bitter departure. Read on for more.
After a beautiful night of dancing by the five remaining couples it was between ice skating partners Charlie White and Meryl Davis.
Originally posted 05/06/2014 03:20PM
With only a few weeks left of Dancing with the Stars, the stress is on for the contestants, but at least one pair isn't letting it get to them.
"The important thing now is not to put any pressure," Derek Hough told reporters backstage after Monday night's show, of him and partner Amy Purdy.
"Now we're at the top of the leader board, which is great, but those are the moments when you start to see [partners] break down because they say, 'Oh, my gosh, oh my gosh, I can do this. I can win.' Let's go back to week one when we were loving this and we were just happy to be here. Now we have a week one attitude with a week nine skill set."
Originally posted 05/05/2014 10:25PM
Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller sat at the judge's table Monday and before it was all over one couple was going to need a little motherly love.
Dance-duel night at Dancing with the Stars delivered a trio of surprises – two perfect scores and one tough elimination. Read on for more.
Originally posted 05/01/2014 09:50AM
How the Paralympian overcame her life-threatening illness to inspire millions on DWTS
Originally posted 04/29/2014 07:00PM
Amy Purdy wowed the audience during Monday's Latin-themed Dancing with the Stars with a high-scoring rumba. But something went awry shortly after she and partner Derek Hough finished their routine, making it painful for her to breathe.
"I really overworked the right side of my back in this dance all week," the double amputee Paralympic snowboarder, 34, told PEOPLE on Tuesday, following a night of receiving emergency treatment. "The hospital took X-rays and everything looks good, but a rib is out of place and the muscles are in spasm."
Purdy says the rumba was a challenging dance because the movements required her to hold her shoulders down and use her right side for stability and twisting.
Originally posted 04/28/2014 10:40PM
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough were declared safe right away and kicked off the night with a 36-out-of-40-point rumba to a slowed-down rendition of "Light My Fire" by the Doors.
"You lit my fire! ... First out, first class," head judge Len Goodman told the pair, while Martin gushed, "You were stunning. You made me feel a lot of things."
But the night wasn't entirely a win for Purdy, who was sent to the hospital shortly after her performance with a shoulder injury. She was unable to perform the group dance with her team at the end of the evening, and the dress rehearsal dance was used to judge the routine (more on that later).
Originally posted 04/23/2014 08:00PM
For paralympian Amy Purdy, there are the "everyday feet" and, now, the dancing feet.
During a break in rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars, Purdy, 34, whose legs were amputated below the knees when she was 19, displayed the special prosthetics molded to fit high heels.
"I wasn't able to get the hip motion with my everyday feet," she tells PEOPLE. "So I decided to try these other feet. I originally got these just thinking they were a little bit prettier and I could wear a taller heel and maybe for a tango."
When she attached them, "It freed my hips up so that I could move how I wanted to," she explains.
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