Andrew Self, 21, appeared in the first episode of UK’s ‘The Greatest Dance’ and brought judges and the audience to tears with his audition piece, a joyous celebration of Justin Timberlake’s 2016 hit song, “Can’t Stop The Feeling”.
Andrew wasn’t alone in the TV show. His mum went with him to show the close tie they have: “Andrew can hear a piece of music, and he can just translate it into movement. It’s transformed his life”, she said. Before perform, they were joking and kidding, but in a certain moment Self’s mum advised him about what to do if he fell down. In the end, the boy performed very confident.
“I’m a balanced boy, like Billy Elliot. Having Down syndrome doesn’t stop me from doing anything”, Self said in an interview. The boy also revealed he learned dancing by himself, starting working out when he was 11. Andrew performs contemporary, ballet and ballroom.
The new BBC dance show
A Simon Cowell production, the new BBC show is the stage where dancers from different styles compete to each other to impress the audience. Contestants begin their routine in a closed studio, and at least 75% of the audience must vote for an act through the secret mirror to let them progress to the next stage.
The winner will take home a £50.000 prize and the opportunity to perform as a guest on Strictly later in the year. The program, which will see a range of styles from ballet to jazz and hip-hop to Bollywood, is hosted by former Strictly champion Alesha Dixon and Diversity dancer Jordan Banjo.