East Surrey

Orpheus Centre student, Andrew, wows audience of BBC’s The Greatest Dancer!

Orpheus Centre student, Andrew, wows audience of BBC’s The Greatest Dancer!

In the first episode of the brand-new BBC dance talent show contestants compete to win £50,000 and a chance to perform on Strictly Come Dancing—one of Andrew’s dreams. His passionate performance left both the presenters and audience in tears, with Andrew contending that he had ‘Dance Syndrome’ rather than Down’s Syndrome.

The Orpheus Centre is an independent specialist college in Godstone, Surrey that focuses on developing independence skills through performing and visual arts and makes dramatic improvements to young disabled adults’ lives.

They believe that every young disabled person should have the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers and support students to achieve their aspirations through a study programme focusing on building independence, supported housing and a care service.

Andrew has been a student at the Orpheus Centre since 2016, performing last year as Mercury in Orpheus the Mythical at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace and as Peter’s mischievous fairy sidekick, Tink in their pantomime Peter Pan-Enter Neverland. 

Following his captivating routine on the Greatest Dancer, Glee star Matthew Morrison called Andrew ‘incredible and inspiring’– and Strictly dancer Oti Mabuse said he was ‘an amazing showman’. He performed his routine, complete with cartwheels and splits, in front of a live ­voting audience.

For the opportunity to visit the Centre and see their work in action sign up for an Information Morning via their website click here. A special event for professionals will take place on Wednesday 27 February.