Richard "Steelo" Vazquez
Richard "Steelo" Vazquez was one of the top B-Boy dancers working in music, film and television. A member of the popular dance group The Groovaloos, Steelo worked with top talent such as Madonna, Rihanna, Usher and Gwen Stefani, among others. He also appeared in Step Up 3D and Honey 2. He and his wife Penelope had a young son named Elijah, and Steelo was on top of the world.
Then, in June 2011, Steelo suffered a brain aneurysm. During surgery, he suffered four more ruptures, causing him to lose his ability to speak and to walk. Steelo spent six months in the hospital and now goes to physical rehabilitation five days a week, seven hours a day.
On DWTS, Steelo will perform with the Groovaloos again for the first time since his aneurysm. It will be an exciting, uplifting performance. Although Steelo isn't yet back to full strength, this performance will be a testament to the perseverance he, his family and friends have shown despite all odds being against them.