Vaughan left school last year in June 2014, to be home educated after being diagnosed with special needs. His mother sought a hobby for Vaughan, and found Marina Studios, who took a strong liking to Vaughan and told her about the Starr Trust who funded him to attend dance classes there. Vaughan was so mentally stressed and anxious he hated to speak to anyone or be noticed, he often hid behind his mother and was always on the verge of tears, getting him into these classes was a massive challenge, even though he wanted to do it. He soon earned a certificate for most hardworking and improved individual, and shortly after danced on stage with his dance group at the Dome Brighton. If you follow us on Facebook, you can link up with Vaughan’s “Educating Vaughan” page here.
He got up and danced free style at “funk the family” festival in Hove park, not just once, although that first step into the dance space took hours, but from that first step in to that space till we finished up and tried to go home, he danced non stop, past the point of exhaustion, even challenged his two adult teachers to a dance off, made everyone laugh and he involved everyone too, became a real lively motivational dude, it was just breath-taking for me seeing him with such massive confidence.
Here’s what Vaughan’s mum had to say about Vaughan’s award: This award has given Vaughan the opportunity to dance on stage, teach dance to minors and meet a whole genre of people he would not otherwise have met, he, as an autistic, can have issues with communication, but through this dance he has learnt vital and ultimately priceless life skills with regards to interacting with many ages and types of people in some very highly intense situations like being on stage and teaching vulnerable children, it’s been amazing, you couldn’t write it, really. Family wise the pride has sky rocketed, he has gone from being a typical hyper child to someone the family - even extended family - now values and respects. His achievements and confidence knows no bounds. Vaughan has the ability to be independent and communicate freely and very effectively, this has been because of the opportunities the Starr Trust have given him - not just with giving him the classes and activities but the precious priceless Starr Trust meet ups.
We supported Vaughan to have a further year of Streetfunk lessons, and to attend dance training camp.