Unlimited Impact Mentoring with Stopgap Dance Company

Stopgap Dance Company Troop in rehearsals, with Andy Trust centre
Stopgap Dance Company Troop, with Andy Trust centre

Unlimited Impact have been working with arts organisations across the country to provide a series of mentoring opportunities. One of the first of these projects was with inclusive performance company Stopgap Dance and dancer Andy Trust.

Andy has been working with Stopgap’s new company of young people, Troop, participating in the creation of a new dance piece. As well as performing in the work, through the mentoring scheme Andy has been contributing to the creative process, and gaining an insight into the company’s choreographic practice.

Unlimited Impact caught up with Andy to find out more about his work with Stopgap.

When did you start dancing?
I started dancing in a modern jazz style class at my local dance school when I was about eight.

How did you get involved with Stopgap Dance Company?
I first danced with Stopgap at a week-long summer school session at The Point in Eastleigh.

What dancers or dance companies inspire you?
I like all dance styles really, from ballet to ballroom, street dance and contemporary – I have no real favourite.

You will be working with Troop on a new dance piece for Summer 2015 – what do you enjoy most about collaboration and working with a group of dancers?
I am really enjoying working with Sg Troop because I like meeting other new dancers and learning new dance moves with them.

What would you like to be doing in five years time?
In five years’ time I would like to be able to travel around this country and other countries, dancing with Stopgap.


Find out more about Stopgap Dance here.


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