A Teesside dancer has made a very special leap from local dance studio to the national stage.

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A Teesside dancer has made a very special leap from local dance studio to the national stage.

George Williams from Grangetown has become the first dancer with a learning disability to make it into the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC).

George, 25, started dancing while a pupil at Priory Woods School in Middlesbrough.

His unspecified learning difficulty makes communication difficult – but when he dances, it’s a different matter.

And on Thursday night, George achieved a dream and made his modern dance debut as part of the NYDC.

The country’s flagship organisation for young dancers, the NYDC is based at the prestigious Sadler’s Wells performing arts venue in London and brings together some of the country’s brightest dance talent to work with internationally renowned artists.

Since 2011, George has been training with Durham based TIN Arts, which specialises in providing high level dance training for people with a disability. read the full article at Gazette Live here.