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60 Stories - Adam Sloan

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Adam Sloan is a young man of many talents.
 
Not only does he act, but 21-year-old Adam also dances and hopes one day to be a choreographer.
 
Back in 2010 Adam was asked to join Indepen-dance, a dance group made up of mixed ability dancers who perform all over the UK.
 
The founder of the company, Karen Anderson, noticed Adam when he appeared with The Young Ones - the youth section of Indepen -dance.
 
She was so impressed with Adam’s performance that she offered him a place with the adult dance group.  Soon he became a Dance Apprentice and has now progressed to Dance Assistant.  Adam has decided to put acting aside for the moment to focus on his dancing and train to further improve his dance skills.
 
Photo of Adam dancingPerforming mainly contemporary dance moves, Adam is now part of a group of four dancers who tour all over Britain.  
Indepen-dance 4 combines workshops and performances in local theatres, with aspirations to perform abroad. 
 
A regular star of school shows, Adam has also appeared on television in an item for the Scottish news about inclusion in mainstream schools.
 
“I like standing ovations. They boost my confidence.  When I get them, I feel great about myself,” he said.
 
Adam is determined to inspire other people with his performances.  Working with Indepen-dance has increased his self-belief, and he is now happy to travel by himself to and from rehearsals, affording him greater freedom.  
 
Before he began dancing, Adam was involved in a work experience programme run by ENABLE Works.  Adam’s Local Area Coordinator arranged for Adam to work in Eastwood Leisure Centre for six months. During that time, he helped clean and check around the poolside, but the lure of the bright lights beckoned and Adam left the programme to take up his role with Indepen-dance. He still continues to socialise with friends he made at the leisure centre. 
 
Whilst Adam looks the very picture of health and keeps active with his dancing, he does have some medical issues he has had to overcome.  Adam has cystic fibrosis -a condition that affects his lungs and digestive system. His passion for dance has helped to boost his lung function.
 
“In 10 years’ time, I’d like to have my own dance company and perform on Broadway,” he said.
 
Among Adam’s heroes is Matthew Bourne - a celebrated choreographer who recently put on an all-male production of ‘Swan Lake’ and is famed for injecting humour into his work.
 
Adam aspires to follow in Matthew’s footsteps. The curtain has gone up on his stage dreams.

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