Dancer with Down’s syndrome wows public on BBC One show

The Greatest Dancer contestant is inspiring people throughout the UK with his self-taught dance skills.

21-year-old Andrew Self wowed the judges, audience and the public with his freestyle performance on Saturday (5 January) on BBC One’s new dancing competition show.

Andrew, who describes himself as a captain of dance, was born with Down’s syndrome.

He was accompanied by his mother on the show where he performed to Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake.

Andrew fell in love with dance at 11-years-old and began to teach himself. He now attends The Orpheus Centre in Surrey, a performing arts centre for young disabled people. The centre promotes greater independence in young disabled people through the arts.

Singer Cheryl, dancer and actor Matthew Morrison, and Strictly star Oti Mabuse are captains on the show which continues this Saturday (12 January).

The first stage of the show, which started on BBC One on Saturday 5 January, is judged by the audience. There are eight rounds in total. The first four episodes will show highlights from the auditions.

During stage one the audience are in control. Dancers perform in a studio to a wall of mirrors with the audience hiding behind these. If 75 per cent of the audience press their light the mirrors open and the contestant is through to the next stage.

Cheryl was reduced to tears by Andrew’s impressive performance which received who received his 75 per cent audience vote just over halfway through his performance.

During his performance viewers took to social media to express how it made them feel and how inspired they were.

One Twitter user shared a video of a five-year-old boy with Down’s Syndrome who was dancing along to the performance. She described Andrew as a role model.

Andrew is now through to the live finals of the show.

The live finals will start in episode five, showcasing everyone who made it through the nerve-racking audition phase. This stage will be judged by the viewers at home who will have the power to keep acts in the competition.

In the eighth and final week, the finalists will compete for the last time for the title of The Greatest Dancer.

One lucky winner will win £50,000 and the chance to perform as a guest on Strictly Come Dancing later this year.

Watch Andrew’s full performance here.

The Greatest Dancer returns to BBC One on Saturday at 8pm.

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