A SUSSEX woman has been awarded a prestigious award for her work teaching dance to people with disabilities.

Natasha Britton, 42, from Brighton has been recognised at the Palace of Westminster with a British Citizen Award (BCA). 

Natasha has taught inclusive dance to thousands of people with disabilities. 

She has been dancing since she was three and for the past 22 years has dedicated her time to helping others learn how to dance too.

Organisers said she has made a huge difference to those she teaches, opening up possibilities they may never have known existed. 

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

Natasha developed new ground-breaking methods to train the next generation of inclusive dance teachers and wrote the Inclusive Dance Practice Training Programme. 

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

The British Citizen Award in partnership with One Stop, is now in its eighth year and recognises exceptional individuals who positively impact their communities throughout the country.

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Jonny McQuarrie, from BCA partner One Stop: “This year’s medalists have reminded us of how many amazing people are supporting our communities, especially during such a challenging time. 

“At One Stop we serve many communities across the country, and we know how important voluntary work is to support those in need. 

“We're proud to be partnering with the BCA again and to play a small part in helping each medallist to be recognised. 

“Our congratulations go to all honourees.”

Natasha received her honour on March 24, 2022 with The British Citizen Award for Services to the Arts and received the coveted BCA Medal of Honour. 

Her medal was presented by Lisa Collins, founder of long-term Sponsors, Objective HR.

The British Citizen Award is widely viewed as the nation’s way of recognising extraordinary, everyday people for exceptional endeavours and are “truly representative of today’s multicultural Britain”.