They Chuckled and Called the Dancer “Fat” — He Soon Silenced Them

We were all taught as kids not to judge a book by its cover, that is, not to make assumptions about people based on their appearance.

John Lindo is someone who’s more than a little bit used to dealing with other people’s preconceived notions about him. He’s a big guy, tall and broad-shouldered and carries plenty of extra weight. He’s faced plenty of prejudice in his day, particularly when he tells people he’s a dancer.

But not only does John love to dance, he’s actually really good at it. He took up swing dancing back in 1992 and has since competed at a professional level, including wins in competitions like the US Open.

The video posted below will give you a glimpse of how John goes about demolishing the competition and silencing the naysayers. Once he and dance partner Deborah Szekely get going, everyone gets to see just how light a big guy can be on his feet. By the end, the once-skeptical audience is standing and cheering.

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