Bassingbourn dancer with Down syndrome’s ‘True Colours’ performance amasses thousands of views online

Sarah Simpson, left, performed a routine to True Colours by the cast of Glee, and it has been watche

Sarah Simpson, left, performed a routine to True Colours by the cast of Glee, and it has been watched online thousands of times. - Credit: Archant

A video showing a dance routine by a Bassingbourn woman with Down’s syndrome has been viewed more than 14,000 on Facebook and has reached as far as the USA and New Zealand.

Sarah Simpson attends DanceMatters, a dance school based in Bassingbourn and Litlington, and school founder Naomi Wallen recorded the routine she performed for Litlington Fayre.

In the video, Sarah, from Bassingbourn, performs a routine to ‘True Colours’ sung by the cast of Glee – with Naomi dancing beside her as ‘scaffolding’.

Since uploading the dance – which Sarah finished learning only four days before the performance – on YouTubelast week, thousands of people have been enamoured by Sarah’s dancing ability.

Naomi said feedback included “Go Sarah!! You are a beautiful and expressive dancer. Thank you for sharing your art and talent with the world. Keep on being brilliant!!

“Aww that was beautiful! Well done! Made my day!”

“Enjoying this from the USA. Well done, Sarah!”

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“Outstanding Sarah. I enjoyed watching your incredible performance from all the way over in New Zealand. Keep being awesome.”

DanceMatters is for everyone aged two to 92, and Sarah helps Naomi run Dancing Hands, a dance class designed for preschool children. She also attends ballet and tap classes.

Naomi said: “I posted the video on the DanceMatters Facebook page on Thursday morning expecting around 60 views or so before the end of the day – it reached 300 before bed! In the morning it had reached nearly 600 and I wondered if we could get it watched 1,000 times so shared it on Royston Reporting Page. Then the views just rocketed!

“The comments and messages we’ve received have been amazing.

“I’m so proud of Sarah and of all the DanceMatters family. We believe that dance is for everybody and hope Sarah’s performance can inspire others to join a dance class.”

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