Neil Price, who has Down’s Syndrome, works as a Dance Assistant at the National Lottery-funded Indepen-dance, an inclusive dance company which offers creative movement classes to people with and without learning disabilities.
From participating in workshops run by the company, Neil has progressed through the ranks and is now employed by Indepen-dance two days a week as a Dance Assistant.
Whilst he regularly performs professionally with the company and leads workshops, he is now also training to be a choreographer.
“Indepen-dance has helped me achieve a lot. It’s helping me to become a choreographer which is the main thing I want to do right now – make my own performances, dance and travel.
“I’ve been to Delhi for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, I’ve carried the Olympic Torch for the Athens Games. That was one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. I’m going to London to launch the Olympics as well. But that’s just me – I want to do everything.”
Neil is also inspiring his peers to stretch themselves and feel enabled to find their own passion for dance.
“It feels really good to reach out and help others do the same things that I want to do. I like to help everyone and encourage them to try out dance and have fun.”
For more information visit www.indepen-dance.org.uk
Indepen-dance is funded by Creative Scotland
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