Can Amputees Salsa Dance? Yes, and Some Play Stand-Up Basketball Too

August 16, 2010

Freedom Innovations of Irvine, CA Supports Amputees from Across the U.S.

Amputees, so you think you can dance salsa? For many attendees of the Amputee Coalition of America’s 2010 National Conference to be held in Irvine, California, this month, the answer is, “You bet we can!” And if dancing isn’t your interest, attendees from across the country will be shown how stand-up basketball is played by amputees too.

At the conference, Freedom Innovations (, developers of world-class lower limb prosthetic devices including the new Plié 2.0 Microprocessor Knee, will be hosting the Freedom Fiesta and sponsoring the AMP 1 Stand Up Basketball team.

The Freedom Fiesta on Friday evening, August 27th, will showcase the LAi Dance Company. This Orange County based organization will perform a new type of salsa dancing that integrates ballroom and contemporary dance styles. After the performance, amputees who have experienced limb loss can participate in salsa lessons, followed by a social dance in the Garden Pavilion at the Hyatt Regency Irvine hotel.

In addition, the nationally recognized AMP 1 Stand Up Basketball team, comprised of players with loss of a lower limb, will be demonstrating their running, passing and shooting skills at the basketball exhibition and attendee free-throw shooting contest. (See for photos.)

On Friday morning, a technology workshop led by a certified prosthetist will demonstrate Freedom-Innovations’ Plié 2.0 MPC knee, a highly responsive microprocessor-controlled knee featuring advanced stumble recovery capabilities, a water resistant design, and convenient user-replaceable batteries.

“For us, it’s all about providing the freedom to participate in life to its fullest,” notes Gary Wertz, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Freedom Innovations. “Be it salsa dancing, playing basketball, or enjoying a walk in the park, the Plié 2.0 knee along with our carbon fiber prosthetic foot products, expands the opportunities for amputees’ activities and interests.”

More than 1,000 attendees are expected to attend the ACA Conference at The Hyatt Regency Irvine located at 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, California.

About Freedom Innovations
Freedom Innovations, LLC designs, manufactures, and markets advanced technology prosthetic devices that provide people with physical challenges the ability to reach their full potential. Based in Irvine, California, Freedom’s lower-limb prosthetics are distributed in 39 countries around the world. For more information, visit