Scoliosis affects a small percentage of Americans, many of whom experience no serious symptoms. A fraction of those people will see the curve of their spine start to flirt with 25 degrees, which is when bracing is often suggested. Recent UW alumna Annie Morro was one of them. “They used plaster and wrapped me up like a mummy, then built a brace from plastic,” she remembers.
One of four graduates of the UW musical theater program’s first-ever class, Morro started dancing when she was three years old, and dreamt of being on stage for the rest of her life. But as she continued to pour herself into her craft, her body continued to work against her.