Founder of Brighton disabled dance group to be honored at Westminster

THE FOUNDER of a disabled dance group is to be honored at the Palace of Westminster.

Natasha Britton, from Brighton, has been teaching dance to thousands of disabled people for 22 years.

She is set to receive the British Citizen Award (BCA) in recognition of her efforts.

The annual awards, which have been running for eight years, recognize people who have a positive impact on their communities in the UK.

The projects Natasha delivers aim to improve motivation, communication, health, independence and happiness.

Natasha, who has been dancing since the age of three, has developed new teaching methods and written an inclusive dance practice training program.

In 2019, she co-founded the community interest company Parable Dance with the goal of providing space for creativity, individuality and opportunity for people with disabilities through dance.

She produced a short film on inclusivity and is a mentor for companies including Sadler’s Wells, The Royal Academy of Dance and The ISTD.

Natasha Britton, from Brighton, has been teaching dance to thousands of disabled people for 22 years

This year’s BCA presentation has been postponed due to Covid-19, but Natasha will receive her award on March 24.

The medal presentation will be hosted by television presenter Tim Vincent, in the presence of the founder of Specsavers and patron of the BCA, Dame Mary Perkins, and Baroness Caroline Cox.

At the Palace of Westminster, each recipient will receive a medal.

Thereafter, the medalists will be treated to an open tour of the lap of honor before attending a certificate presentation at Church House.

The BCA was created in 2015 to recognize exceptional individuals who have a positive impact on their communities and society.