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Luca

Luca Patuelli

I was born with a rare congenital disorder that affects the muscles and the joints, it’s called Arthrogryposis. I’ve had 16 surgeries so far and the first one took place when I was 7 months old and last one was at 17 years old. I was always an active kid and skateboarding was my passion until I could no longer do it after one of my surgeries and that’s when I turned towards dance. The amazing thing about break-dancing is creating your own style and I created my own moves using the strength of my arms and I use my crutches as an extension of my arms.

Dance gave me the freedom to express myself without any hesitation and although it was difficult in the beginning, I was able to transform myself as a dancer and I haven’t looked back. “I’ve learned that life is all about attitude and if you want something then you’re just going to have to go out and do it, you know?” I do not wait for opportunities to come to me; I make my own way and work towards achieving what I want. I think a lot of encouragement came from my parents. My parents were always supportive of my choices no matter and never let my disability get in the way.

Dance gave me the freedom to express myself without any hesitation and although it was difficult in the beginning, I was able to transform myself as a dancer and I haven’t looked back. “I’ve learned that life is all about attitude and if you want something then you’re just going to have to go out and do it, you know?” I do not wait for opportunities to come to me; I make my own way and work towards achieving what I want. I think a lot of encouragement came from my parents. My parents were always supportive of my choices no matter and never let my disability get in the way.

Hannah Sampson

Hannah Sampson

I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old. I’ve been involved with Stopgap since 2010. I completed a BTEC in Performing Arts at Kingston College and I have taken part in workshops with choreographers including Charlotte Vincent, Anthony Missen Charlie Morrissey and Thomas Noone. My mother contacted the company while I was still at school. I worked as a part-time trainee and later joined as a full-time teacher. Dance has changed my life. My disability does not hold me back; here, I’m a dance teacher like any other person.

“When I’m dancing and when I’m performing, I can feel the music pretty much like electricity. It makes me feel free and open.” Stopgap has given me the platform to explore myself as a dancer. I teach and perform locally and internationally. What I like about teaching is to watch dancers progress on their skills and on their technique. It is interesting how creative they can get. I don’t like to teach like everyone else, I bring a story into my dancing. I feel the story coming on.

When I was younger, just like every other child, I had a dream; I always wanted to become a professional dancer and now I’m living that dream which brings me immense joy and I’d like to carry it on in future and even choreograph dance pieces for both disabled as well as non-disabled dancers. I believe that one must not let their disability hold them back from pursuing their dreams. If I can do it, then you can do it too.

Subhreet Kaur

Emilio Austin

When I was a kid, there was a Television show called Soul Train and I didn’t watch much, but my family did and that often got me curious and I used to imitate the dancers I saw on the show. As I got older, my grandmother made me watch other dancers on television because just like any other grandmother, she always had the remote control. But I was not really into dancing until I attended a block party where I saw my cousins dancing and I recognised the dance from Soul Train. One of my cousins who never danced before was dancing with the others and I thought that if he could it, then I could do it too and that’s what got me into dancing.

When you get into Hip- Hop, you get into the culture. You don’t just dance and it’s amazing to see how far it has come since the time I first started dancing. I never planned to dance professionally. I wanted to become a pilot or an astronaut and dancing was never on my mind as a career option. I was born and raised in Brooklyn with three sisters and a brother and my father became an inspiration for me. He taught me discipline, inspired and motivated me to take the leap into my professional life.

My first video was with Eric B & Rakim, "Eric B for President." And, my first choreography job was for Joeski Love (Pee Wee Dance) and went I on to work with Rosie Perez, Will Smith for Men in Black, the movie and Miami videos.

My trend setting style keeps me in demand as a choreographer, dancer, teacher and performer. I believe “music is the universal language; dance is its interpreter.”

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