Richard “Steelo” Vazquez has been a major part of the L.A. dance community for many years. He is a member of Killafornia, Footwork Fanatix, and The Groovaloos and was a lead character on The LXD web series. He regularly gives back to the community through dance at benefits and fundraisers and has enjoyed mentoring youth at weekly Groove Nites hosted by The Groovaloos and at his church Oasis. In addition to these contributions, he has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment including Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Gwen Stefani ( Click here to see Steelo in Early Winter ). It was actually during a show on Gwen’s tour that Steelo proposed to his now wife, Penelope Vazquez.

A devoted husband, a proud father and an extraordinary dancer, Steelo was at the top of his game when his life took a dramatic turn that no one could have predicted…

On June 19th, Steelo suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and had to undergo emergency surgery. During the operation and in the week to follow he amazing survived 3 hemorrhages but lost his ability to walk and speak.

Today, Steelo remains in an extensive rehabilitation program where doctors are helping him relearn basic functions. 

His wife Penelope has constantly been by his side during the slow recovery in ICU. She has remained strong during this ordeal to care for their 1 1/2 year old son Elijah.

Steelo’s friends, family and doctors are very hopeful for a full recovery, but it’s going to take a great deal of therapy, time and patience.

We all look forward to the day that he will once again be able to play an active role in the life of his son, as well as return to the stage with his amazing gift of dance.

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