One of the most important reasons for StopGAP's success in recent years has been the phenomenal talent, energy, hard work and raw creativity of our collaborating choreographers.
Finding the right mix of dance styles is vital when putting together a touring repertoire, and nowhere has that been more important than in the construction of Portfolio Collection – we sought to find the perfect mix of choreographers and choreographic styles that would be both diverse and complementary and would take the dancers to their next level.
Chris was the first of the current dancers to join StopGAP. Recruited from a workshop, Chris began working with the company as a trainee in 1997. He became an apprentice in 1999, focussing on furthering his performance skills and his communication skills (especially for teaching).After completing his training with StopGAP and his Foundation GNVQ in Performing Arts at Brooklands College, Chris became a full time professional dancer for StopGAP in 2000. He is ambitious and eager to continue developing. In addition to the experiences within StopGAP, he seeks other opportunities such as taking part in the acting course led by ‘Mind the Gap’.Chris has been in demand as a soloist; performing in club nights for learning disabled people and in January 2008, he presented a solo performance choreographed by himself for Resolution! at The Place. He is the first person with a learning disability to be selected as a choreographer for Resolution! Chris’s solo work has also been commissioned and presented East London Dance and shown at Sadlers Wells Connect festival.Chris is proud to be chosen by Mencap’s as someone with Downs Syndrome achieving excellence in their career, and is currently developing his teaching and choreographic skills. He feels he has been dancing for a long time and is looking forward to doing more and travelling the world.