Tears flowed and standing ovations abounded after Noah Galloway, a U.S. Army veteran who lost both his left arm and left leg to an IED while serving in Iraq back in 2005, took to the dance floor during Monday night’s 20th season premiere of “Dancing With the Stars.”
Galloway, 33, was met with a rousing applause after he performed the cha-cha with partner Sharna Burgess, proving that his personal motto — “No Excuses Noah” — is more than mere rhetoric.
He and Burgess pushed boundaries, especially considering the challenges they faced in adapting to the show’s oft-times complex routines, leaving the audience in absolute awe.
“This is the biggest challenge I have ever faced as a choreographer,” Burgess said in a video package that aired before the rousing performance.
Galloway clearly moved the masses, as the majority of the studio audience gave him a standing ovation, clapping and expressing just how deeply they were moved by the combat veteran’s courage.
Even Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was, at one point, visibly moved to tears.
“First of all thank you for challenging yourself … my heart is still beating and I’m not quite sure what to make of it,” she told Galloway after the performance, pausing to admit that she was getting emotional. “And secondly, I want to thank you for challenging me as a judge … it was profound and you’re broadening my scope of what dance looks like.”
Judge Bruno Tonioli added, ”Noah, you are a titan amongst men. You have a presence that is unique.”
Despite his injuries, Galloway continues to inspire, appearing on the cover of Men’s Health and speaking out about his story.
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