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.