Dancer with Down Syndrome wows audience in talent show

Written by Jakob A. Overgaard

Sep.21 - 2023 3:59 PM CET

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Photo: Youtube
At 22 years old, he may have Down syndrome, but that has never deterred him from pursuing what he cherishes the most in this world - dancing and reveling in the joy it brings.

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Meet Andrew Self, a prodigious dancer who, with an astounding performance in a talent show, demonstrated that prejudices have no bearing on genuine talent.

Even though the video is a couple of years old, it deserves a rerun.

Andrew was born with Down syndrome, a genetic disorder that could influence various aspects of his life. However, this never hindered him from honing his innate dancing prowess. With unwavering support from his family, he is currently studying at The Orpheus Center, a specialized institution for young adults with disabilities who are fervent about performing arts.

He had the opportunity to showcase his dancing skills and zeal in the renowned TV competition 'The Greatest Dancer', aired on BBC. Initially, both the judges and the audience were somewhat skeptical due to his condition. Yet, their apprehensions vanished within moments. Andrew's captivating performance conveyed that dancing isn't solely about perfection but expressing unique moves and exuding happiness through dance.

"I have Down syndrome, but I'd rather call it Dance syndrome," Andrew shared in an interview.

His performance not only enchanted the judges but also captivated the entire audience. Post-performance, the judges expressed their profound emotions, stating it was one of the most touching moments they had ever witnessed in the competition.

The moving performance can be viewed in the video below.

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