Nicky Norton is the Community Dance Development Officer for Stopgap Dance Company who "seemlessly integrate dancers with and without disabilities."
She approached Downs Side Up but sadly I couldn't make it to a performance as I had other commitments (actually watching Up Down Boy), so I suggested an interview with her and 2 dancers Hannah and Chris, to showcase the incredible work of the company. Hannah and Chris both have Down's Syndrome. Nicky said,
"Hannah Sampson has been involved with Stopgap for a number of years, firstly as a member of the original Stopgap Youth Dance Group and from 2010 as a Trainee Dancer. Hannah completed a BTEC in Performing Arts at Kingston College in 2010. She has taken part in workshops with chorographers including Charlotte Vincent, Anthony Missen (Company Chameleon), Charlie Morrissey and Thomas Noone. She has toured as a Trainee dancer for Stopgap both nationally and internationally in European Street Arts Festivals Tour Tracking 2012 and UK Cultural Olympiad outdoor tour SPUN Productions 2012."